Saturday, 23 July 2011

Fletch Lives Review

Many of you are probably wondering why I even bothered to watch this much less review it.  Let me start by saying I really like Chevy Chase.  His comic timing and talents are quite unique.  He's the best I've ever seen at performing the deadpan, subtle humour that I really like.  The only way yo describe it is that it feels like it's over the top but actually isn't.  I know that doesn't make sense.

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.

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