Saturday, February 1, 2014
IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (1963)
IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD is probably the greatest epic comedy of all time. I can't think of anything funnier and with such an impressive cast. The blazing pace, the comic timing, the lines, the scenery, the vehicles and more familiar faces than I even want to name! It's more than you can take in in just one viewing. Maybe even more than in a couple of viewings. If you are at all interested in the classic comic actors/actresses of the 30's - 60's then IAMMMMW is a excellent starting point. Just studying the names involved with this film alone will keep you busy for ages. My only complaint is Jack Benny didn't have a bigger role...but then again his five word cameo is one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Every time I think about his expression after she yells at him I crack up. Why, oh why, didn't the movie gods see fit to have Ethel Merman and Jack Benny in a movie together?!!
Anyway, IAMMMMW is great movie that I think is hysterically funny. Highly recommended. Also, even though I appreciate the expanded 197-minute version on the Criterion Blu-ray I actually prefer the quicker paced 163-minute version.