A FISH CALLED WANDA
DIRECTOR: CHARLES CRIGHTON
COUNTRY: ENGLAND 1990
CINEMATOGRAPHY: ALAN HUME
MUSIC: JOHN DUPREZ
WRITTEN BY: Charles Crighton and John Cleese
CAST: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
FEATURES: Better than the MP gags. Very funny at times.
If John Cleese is not a very good actor, at least he is a fairly good writer. And together with a good director, they might come up with a very cute script, that runs along very well, and is perfect for Cleese. One film that does not have to overplay his part, and neither does he have to play the type he is so well used to in FAWLTY TOWERS, and the famous MONTY PYTHON skits. Unlike those events, which are funny, but really, in retrospect could use a little cleaning up here and there, this is a well scripted and thought out story, which has combined the advantages of each actor into a nice little film.
While far from great, it still is nice to sit through, and does have some funny moments, almost all of them centered on John Cleese, who seems to be specially suited to playing eccentric characters, the most difficult style of comedic roles.
The story is a bit on the weird side... two thieves, Jamie Lee Curtis (she looks great) and Kevin Kline are attempting to get to some more valuables and they will get involved with just about anyone to get it done. She ends up getting interested in John Cleese for the wrong reasons, and has to play the role of a lover, much to the chagrin of her real lover (Kline). In between, John Cleese gets his marriage turned upside down (it wasn't worth it anyway!), and becomes interested in the woman thief, whom he does not suspect of any foul behavior.
It all gets messy and funny, but a perfect situation to set up gags for John Cleese to get caught in, and display his incredible ability to hold it under the most unusual circumstances. I think he suffers from the Peter Sellers complex that he must not crack up, no matter how difficult, and weird, the situation can be. He holds his own.
The movie is fun, and has its moments.
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