Friday, July 28, 2017

The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971)

Director: Graham Stark

Writers: Bob Larbey, John Esmonde, Dave Freeman, Graham Chapman, Barry Cryer, Graham Stark, Marty Feldman, Alan Simpson, Ray Galton, Spike Milligan

Composer: Roy Budd

Starring: Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Sims, Patrick Newell, Harry H. Corbett, Bill Pertwee, Ian Carmichael, Alfie Bass, Robert Gillespie, Spike Milligan, Ronnie Barker, Marty Feldman, Ronald Fraser, Stephen Lewis, Arthur Howard

More info: IMDb

Plot:  Written and starring many of Britain's top comedians, this anthology film features 7 stories, one for each sin. 

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

So you're looking at 7 short stories, one for each sin and it's written by and stars a who's who of British comedy from the 60s and 70s.  I was so ready for this.  The first story starts and it's not funny although it's trying really hard.  At this point I'm hoping it's going to get better because there are six more to go.  Story two happens and I'm still not all.  Fuck.  Five more to go.  Story three wraps up and I'm regretting this.  Four more to go.  The problem so far is these tales are barely more than a one joke premise that keeps running variant circles around itself with a slight ironic twist at the end.  FINALLY story four (written by Marty Feldman and starring Harry H. Corbett) was funny.  I laughed a lot.  What a relief.  I bet they can't keep this up.  Story five was amusing and got better as it went along.  Story six was styled after a silent comedy except the comedy (like the first three segments) was base and broad.  And then the last one was like a live action cartoon that didn't elicit any laughs from this dude.  It was painful to get through except for the two middle stories which were very good and funny.  I'd say avoid this but if you're a fan of British comedy like I am, it's just barely worth watching for the familiar faces.  For Feldman fans, he's literally in this for one blink of an eye.

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