August 1, 2014
Movie Night: Silent Movie.
Review #623: Silent Movie.
Mel Brooks (Mel Funn), Dom DeLuise (Dom Bell), Marty Feldman (Marty Eggs), Bernadette Peters (Vilma Kaplan), Sid Caesar (Studio Chief), Harold Gould (Engulf), and Ron Carey (Devour) Directed by Mel Brooks (#061 - Blazing Saddles, #198 - Spaceballs, #248 - Robin Hood: Men In Tights, #361 - The Producers, and #364 - High Anxiety)
Silent Movie is a spoof on slapstick films of the silent film era, and it even has a cameo from Harry Ritz, one part of the classic Ritz Brothers, one of many associated with the silent film era. The visual gags in this movie are entertaining, even the fact that some of the sounds in this movie are "shown" is hilarious. The actors are fun to watch interact with, especially with Marty Feldman, whose eyes really just follow you even when the focus isn't on him, and that comes to a head when Anne Bancroft's eyes start crossing each other. The guest appearances (Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Liza Minnelli, Anne Bancroft, Paul Newman, Marcel Marceau) add to the charm of the movie because the stuff that happens with them is really hilarious, such as the electric wheelchair chase, Marceau's response to Funn's offer is probably the best response a mime could give to a offer to be in a silent film. The slapstick is fun to watch, especially the weird quirks that go on in this movie, especially the coke machine. The movie may not run long, but it more than makes up for it being a really entertaining film with a good deal of charm and love for its subject matter.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.