The Producers Reviews
Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a yesteryear successful producer now running on fumes entertaining old ladies for scrapes. When an IRS man Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) while going through his accounts makes a remark on how a producer can make money out of a sure flop, Bialystock gets interested and talks Leo into executing it. In the process they pick up the worst show ever written 'Springtime for Hitler' showing Hitler, his intentions and accomplishments in a bad taste. After they select equally superlative bad choices for director, actors etc.. they were just waiting for the show to get burned the first day and spend the money made out of it. Does their plan work towards their intentions forms the rest of the story.
Though intentional this is by far the worst acting job by the entire unit and the most putting off presentation I have ever come across. The actors were too loud, too silly and their hugging and kissing and groping made me proud about my patience to finish the movie. Considering it is a successful movie does not lack in its merits with a well written script for a slapstick and occasional moments of humor and a breezy screenplay. Short runtime and a happy ending doesn't hurt either.
Outdated, loud, silly, putting off lousy acting with an occasionally funny script.
Because Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder are comic geniuses, and Mel Brooks made the brilliant decision to bring them together. They will always be funny, and their chemistry in this movie will always be amazing. Zero Mostel could be difficult to fit into roles because he was not only larger than life, he was huger than life could possibly be. Max Bialystock was a perfect character for him. All due respect to Nathan Lane, but no one else really should have ever played him. Gene Wilder was the perfect foil for Mostel; somehow he created a character whose panic attacks could match Mostel's megalomaniacal power. He inspires an actual nurturing personality out of the viscerally selfish Max. This movie will always be funny because of them, no matter how the comic grace notes around them age.
Extra kudos to Dick Shawn, always a hugely underrated performer, another actor with whom no one really knew what to do. To me, he is the funniest thing in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and he is every bit as funny in The Producers.
Kenneth Mars is another actor that I always wondered why I never saw much of, except in Mel Brooks movies, with his wonderful performances in The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Then I got a look at his IMDB profile - 208 acting credits. Shed no tears for this guy, he ALWAYS worked - just not in anything I was watching.