Top Secret! Reviews
I still love how these directors make a point of casting serious actors, and then asking them to take the plot seriously as well. It adds to the humor when the most insane things are going on, but the characters just keep moving on with the story as if this nonsense was logical to them. Val Kilmer is obviously the standout in the cast and he is criminally underrated as an actor. He crushes the performance in Top Secret.
Ironically, despite the fact that the plot is a low priority in these spoof movies, it was the only thing that I didn't love about Top Secret. It felt like they needed to spend a little more time fleshing out the story they wanted to tell before adding all the humor. There were a number of potential plot threads that they start, but none of it pays off. It's definitely a minor complaint in a movie I otherwise adored and am anxious to watch again soon.
A by the numbers plot barely scratches the surface in denting this film's potential as a master-class in visual comedy. This sort of blink-if-you-miss-it humour defines what makes Top Secret! so wacky and over the top. Perhaps, an abundance more or less cancels out the surprise element, but Top Secret! still graciously succeeds in attention to detail laughs.
Watched on DVD at home, January 23, 2016.