Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fierce Creatures (1997)

Synopsis: It’s a Fish Called Wanda...and a Lemur called Rollo...and a Tiger called Bill...and a Monkey called Anita...

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Academy Award – winner Kevin Kline – the stars of the smash hit A Fish Called Wanda – return for another hysterically funny farce.”

What Did I Learn?: You don’t need firearms to round up a runaway anteater.

You Might Like This Movie If: You enjoy watching John Cleese and Michael Palin argue over animals. (It's not quite what you think...)

Really?: The gang was able to type out that new will pretty quickly after Rod McCain bit the dust.

Rating: Fierce Creatures has its moments of hilarity, but it doesn’t really get going until the last half hour or so. The rest of the movie sort-of meanders. Cleese does a few too many Freudian slips, Palin is just irritating as a zookeeper who can’t shut up, while Curtis and Kline keep walking in on Cleese whenever it looks as though he’s in a midst of enjoying a huge orgy. Interestingly, Kline’s and Cleese’s characters are stuck in ‘tweener’ (a pro-wrestling term meaning between ‘heel’ and ‘babyface’) status most of that time, so the audience has no idea if they should be cheered or booed. Fierce Creatures isn’t a bad film, but the script could have used a re-write, and it’s not nearly as funny as Wanda. 7/10 stars.

1 comment:

  1. After "A Fish Called Wanda," I personally found this movie to be incredibly disappointing... and it pains me to say that, because I love AFCW so much.


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