Top Secret! Reviews
But the problem with Top Secret!, and Airplane before it, and the Police Squad movies after it, is that an hour and a half is way too long to sustain momentum for this kind of humor. As great as Abrahams and Zucker are at their visual gags and absurd puns and conceptual maladies, it's a style of humor that wanes by the midway point.
And unfortunately the plot here is too mumbly, gumbly to provide much in the way of relief, which is a common problem with these Abrahams/Zucker movies. (And a big reason why their crowning achievement is the short-lived Police Squad! tv series; episodes are the perfect length to capture this style of humor.)
So instead of plot to relieve the non-ending gag reel, they use music. Which isn't a half-bad way of providing breaks scattered throughout the movie. With Val Kilmer proving to be a pretty convincing rock and roll star, his Elvis-slash-Beatles Mania-slash-Beach Boys thing goes over remarkably well. Therefore there are three minute segments that play out like a well-tuned music video than a nonsensical spy spoof.
An American Scientists is captured and held hostage in East Germany. The United States hires a super smart teen, played by Val Kilmer, to pose as a rock star in Germany on a "tour." They need him to sneak into a German compound and rescue the scientist. Can a teenage boy pull off such an important mission? He may be our only hope.
"Tell me if there's a change in his condition."
Jim Abrahams, director of Airplane!, Ruthless People, Big Business, Hot Shots!, Hot Shots! Part Deux, and Jane Austen's Mafia, delivers Top Secret. The storyline for this picture is kind of blah and ordinary. I did not find this overly funny or entertaining and it actually reminded me of Cry-Baby. The acting was pretty average and the cast includes Val Kilmer, Ian McNeice, Warren Clarke, Jeremy Kemp, and Omar Sharif.
"What phony dog poo?"
This was recommended to me by Netflix so I gave it a shot. I was a little disappointed and did not find myself laughing too much at the content. Kilmer was also just okay and I can't say I am a huge fan of his singing ability. Overall, this is an average addition to the comedic genre that I wouldn't go too far out of my way to see.
"We began to experience strange new feelings inside of us."