History of the World Part I
Men in Tights
This was such a favorite of my childhood, I remember many an evening watching it with my dad and giggling at all the jokes and 90s references. This was my first time experiencing the beauty of the fourth wall and how fun it is to break it, also the sexiness that is Cary Elwes. First the bad things, because deal with it! The problem with making movies with tons of pop culture references is how bad they become...well, almost immediately. Most the things referenced in this movie were so lame in 93 that it is just jarring and bad comedy (also very lazy in my opinion). Mel Brooks repeats so many jokes from previous movies that again, it is just so stale! This movie really did not survive the taking off of the nostalgia goggles, alas. For the good parts, I find Cary Elwes just the best thing ever, I love watching his smirk, sarcasm, and hearing that swashbucking voice. I found the scene where Robin crashes the party mostly hilarious, the bantering and of course the smashing the Sheriff in the face with the gauntlet is great. The scene with archery contest is mostly stale, but I did giggle at a few of the jokes. I give this movie a 5 out of 10
I have no real attachment for this movie. I first saw it when I found it in a dollar store movie selection, noticed it was Mel Brooks spoofing Star Wars and thought it would be funny...because nothing is more fun than spoofing Star Wars! This movie is the pinnacle of underwhelming, there are so many potentials for funny that just seem to be skipped over and of course the same old jokes are there. It is not raunchy and off-putting like History of the World can be (which at least kept it from being dull) and the two funny scenes are not worth the hour and a half of movie. The two funny scenes I speak of are the overly polite Self Destruct announcer (only because it reminded me of GLaDOS, maybe it was her early work) and the dancing Chest Burster at the truck stop (again because it reminded me of something else, much funnier...classic Looney Tunes's frog) I give this a movie a 2 out of 10.