The Sunshine Boys Reviews
and we get to another Woody helmed tv movie with, as always, great acting but again with these play/movies not alot of meat and variety to make it shine* - peter falk is great BUT his character is exceedingly unlikeable.. to the point it becomes distracting, Sarah JP is bland not given much to do - there is a great 5 min surprise cameo by Whoppi G and Woody himself solely leaves the movie totally unscathed and is very likeable throughout - sadly after the first 30mins you have seen all this one has to offer and unless re-written with more scope, different scenes and an actual character arc for peter falk this can seem like a painful slog to get through - again, not the actors fault, the script and the execution is little more than the camera on our two main characters in a series of arguments for over an hour and it's just not fun and overly sustainable
I enjoyed the banter between Falk & Allen, which Falk dominated, and I liked the chemistry between the 2 characters. Watching them grow old together was sweat and funny in parts and it was good to see another side to Falk who everyone knows as Colombo. You can tell that the film was adapted from a play because it's mostly based around conversations between the 2 comics who are trying to get along so they can make a movie. It didn't get a major release, like the Matthau and Burns version, because it was made for TV but it's a watchable movie with fast jokes and clever wit. Watchable!
After all of the Colombo reruns around the world, Peter Falk is definitely a household name. Famous for his trench coat and cigar, it's hard to watch him without thinking of him cracking some crime is his unique way. In this film he stands toe to toe with Woody Allen and he proves that in his later years, he still could pull off a great performance. Woody Allen was pretty toned down but he still pulled out some funny lines which were well written by Neil Simon. It's not as good as the Mathhau/Burns version, but it's worth a watch, just to compare to two.
I recommend this movie to people who are into there comedies about 2 old school comedians with a rocky relationship, who join up to make a movie. 5/10
The story deals with a couple of cranky old comedians who were once a popular Martin-and-Lewis style duo, but who have long since parted ways on less than amicable terms. One day, an opportunity for a dual role in a movie turns up, and the niece of one of the comedians tries to convince them to reunite for the part, which would be great if they could only stop bickering.
And that's basically what the movie is: two bitter old guys bickering with each other. One of them, played by Peter Falk, is older and more bitter and way less reasonable than the other, played by Woody Allen. Falk is appropriately crusty and grouchy and ornery here, almost a parody of Peter Falk, though his character basically maintains that pitch throughout. By the end, you get kind of sick of him, since he almost never changes. Woody Allen's character is funny, and less of a neurotic than the ones he usually plays. For both characters, nearly every line they say seems like it comes from their old comedy act, and some of the jokes are really pretty funny. There's nothing particularly unusual about the movie's visual style - it looks and sounds like it was made for TV. This is worth checking out if you're a fan of Falk or Allen, but don't expect anything too amazing from it.
But the main charachter, played by Peter Falk. I found annoying in a way that I don't think was intended by Simon. Constantly irritable instead of playful. Lots of old-style comedy- but I thought it fell flat.