The premise is about making a movie where the star doesn't know they're in a movie is based on an apparently real-life incident in the 1920's, but Martin works it into pure comedy gold. It's a resurgence for the actor, a return to form after a decade of flops and serious dramas that misfired, and Martin gives his best performance in years.
And then there's Eddie Murphy, whose career has had more ups and downs that perhaps almost anyone, at the top of his game here. He plays himself, and his twin brother, but it's wonderful without all the gimmicks, make-up and fat suits. He's great in both roles, some of the best work he's ever done partly because the script brings out the best in him but mostly because this project is such a perfect fit for his comic gifts.
There are a number of wonderful, laugh-out-loud moments here, most notably Murphy's scene on a very busy freeway and Martin quite literally rounding up his cameramen, but the film is genial rather than mean-spirited. Industry people will laugh knowingly, but it's definitely accessible to laypeople as well. "Bowfinger" is as clever as movies get, a riotous and good-hearted spoof with two very funny lead performances.
The two comedians are a good match to boost up the laughing level, but this opportunity was unfortunately squandered. Martin portrayed a desperate director, while Murphy portrayed both a dork and a paranoid actor. An opportunity between these could've gone for a better way. Although, they did do their jobs to make their audience laugh sometimes throughout the film.
Also, the film defined an intriguing, new concept of filmmaking with a storyline that was interestingly enough to go to this film, despite parodied the latter topic. With some laughs and a new take on filmmaking, it's still an enjoyable comedy. (B)
(Full review coming soon)
I think I really wanted to like it, because at the top of their games, both lead stars and director Frank Oz can create outstanding comedy films. But this has a few flaws, particularly from Murphy. His portrayal of paranoid Kit was vintage Murphy, but his portrayal of Kit's brother Dave was full of over-the-top acting and stereotypes, something that plagues Murphy's many dual-role films.
Other than that, a supporting cast that includes Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, Terrence Stamp and Robert Downey Jr added weight to this film. And it was a great parody of Hollywood arrogance.
Fun film, but misses it's potential.