Now that the Halloween season is almost upon us, I figure I may as well watch a few scary movies. Or at least parodies of scary movies.
If you enjoy Mel Brooks's older movies, you may be disappointed in DDIL on the first viewing. For example, in my favorite Mel Brooks movie, Blazing Saddles, the jokes are more frequent, more consistently funny, and tend to have sharper edges.
If you can view DDIL on its own terms, though, it gets better. Since my original viewing, I've seen it maybe three times, and I keep coming back every couple years. Unlike Blazing Saddles, the humor in DDIL is more in a vein that was common in the movies of the 1930's to 1950's -- it's broad, mostly inoffensive, and not afraid to take a minute or two to let you see the joke parading up Fifth Avenue toward you, and then draw it out as long as needed and then a few seconds more. It is, in a word, corny.
If you can live with that, it's a fun movie with some spirited performances, and it may even make you laugh out loud a few times, as I did.
[Bonus tip on movies in general: Through years of meticulous research, I have found that comedies are almost always funnier if you are watching with a friend or a group. I watched this movie alone last night and still got some laughs out of it.]
Sep 29 2007, 6:59 am