Monday, September 11, 2017

The Producers (2005)

Director: Susan Stroman

Writers: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

Composer: Glen Kelly

Starring: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman, Will Ferrell, Gary Beach, Roger Bart, Eileen Essell, Michael McKean, David Huddleston, Debra Monk, Andrea Martin, Jon Lovitz

More info: IMDb

Plot: After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

I've been a huge fan of THE PRODUCERS (1967) since I was a teenager.  It's brilliant in its writing and in execution.  The cast couldn't have been better.  This remake has been out now for over a decade and I finally got around to watching it, something I didn't think I'd ever do.  There's nothing about this that surpasses the original but there are enough good things that it's worth mentioning.  I didn't come around to liking Broderick until the second half but I really like him in that last half.  Lane is the only choice for Max and he's hilarious as usual.  For the most part this remake was well cast.  I loved Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia.  He's very close to the original actor and he nails it.  Will Ferrell is hit and a lot of miss for me but I have to admit he was a great choice for his role as Franz.  I could go on about the rest of them but I'm ready to move on.  I was very disappointed that the character L.S.D., played so brilliantly in the original by Dick Shawn, was omitted.  The actor playing Hitler is just assumed to have been found.  Some of the new songs work for me and some don't.  The dancing was good.  For the most part I found myself liking it after I got over the newness of it.  I doubt I'll ever watch it again but I wouldn't be opposed to it.  The Universal DVD has a good looking anamorphic widescreen print.  With the extras, you get about 20 minutes of deleted scenes, 15 minutes of outtakes, analysis of a scene: "I Wanna Be a Producer" and a commentary track with director Stroman.

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