Saturday, 23 July 2011
Fletch Lives Review
In Fletch Lives, you get the same subtle and understated, yet hilarious jokes that you get in Fletch or Vacation. There was even a point where I had Karl rewind it because I thought I saw something funny in the background. Turns out that old guy was trying to feel up a lady while they weren't even in focus. In that manner, Fletch Lives provides the same deadpan humour that a Leslie Nielson movie provides without the over the top antics and schtick. You really have to pay attention to get a lot of the jokes because Chase delivers them in such a nonchalant manner.
So, it is funny. But what about the rest of it? Writing? Acting? Directing? The only way to answer those questions is with one sentence. It was released in the 80s. From the entirely technical standpoint, this is your stereotypical 80s comedy. There is nothing in it that is groundbreaking or different. Except maybe for the fact that you actually don't see any breasts. It even has that Phil Collins-esque "In the Air Tonight" drum beat led music all over it.
When all is said and done, see it. There is plenty of humour to keep you entertained. But, if you have already seen it, it isn't the best way to get your Chevy Chase fix. Fletch is better (as per usual for a series). And so is Vacation. But it isn't a waste of time by any stretch.