High Anxiety Reviews

  • Mar 03, 2021

    En parodiant pour la première fois précisément des films et non plus un genre, Mel Brooks prend le risque de perdre toute une partie de l'audience n'ayant pas vu les oeuvres parodiées. C'est tout le problème du Grand Frisson, parodie extrêmement soignée et objectivement le haut du panier de la filmographie de Brooks. Le soin apporté aux décors, à la mise en scène et au script pour coller au plus près d'Hitchcock tout en y incorporant quand même son humour toujours à la lisière de l'hystérie est tout à fait remarquable mais on ne peut s'empêcher de penser qu'avec toutes ces références, le Grand Frisson inaugure ce qui sera un gros souci dans le genre parodique au fil des années : la péremption de ses références.

    En parodiant pour la première fois précisément des films et non plus un genre, Mel Brooks prend le risque de perdre toute une partie de l'audience n'ayant pas vu les oeuvres parodiées. C'est tout le problème du Grand Frisson, parodie extrêmement soignée et objectivement le haut du panier de la filmographie de Brooks. Le soin apporté aux décors, à la mise en scène et au script pour coller au plus près d'Hitchcock tout en y incorporant quand même son humour toujours à la lisière de l'hystérie est tout à fait remarquable mais on ne peut s'empêcher de penser qu'avec toutes ces références, le Grand Frisson inaugure ce qui sera un gros souci dans le genre parodique au fil des années : la péremption de ses références.

  • Aug 30, 2020

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) It started out strong, fun and funny, but it couldn't maintain its intensity towards the end. Started to drag a bit at its half way mark. Duration/Tempo: (3/5) At 1 hour and 34 minutes, it's a very short film that felt longer. Excellent pacing early on, but as the content thinned out later in the film, pacing became less relevant. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) Mel Brooks and Cloris Leachman delivered memorable performances. Harvey Korman and Ron Carey were solid. Summary: (3/5) The cast was good as were the initial storylines, but as the film progressed, the story became less interesting and the film started to feel longer than it actually was. A borderline thumbs down.

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) It started out strong, fun and funny, but it couldn't maintain its intensity towards the end. Started to drag a bit at its half way mark. Duration/Tempo: (3/5) At 1 hour and 34 minutes, it's a very short film that felt longer. Excellent pacing early on, but as the content thinned out later in the film, pacing became less relevant. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) Mel Brooks and Cloris Leachman delivered memorable performances. Harvey Korman and Ron Carey were solid. Summary: (3/5) The cast was good as were the initial storylines, but as the film progressed, the story became less interesting and the film started to feel longer than it actually was. A borderline thumbs down.

  • Aug 23, 2020

    Not what you would expect for a master filmmaker's final hour by lending a hand in the comedic screenplay taking shots at his works, verifying his approval hand stamp on the picture. Mel Brooks' satire towards suspense films, specially the genre's master with a helping hand, is more of a fun tribute in dedication to Hitchcock filled with sporadic recognition by familiarity that garner some laughs, but it is sadly an omen for satirical comedies if forced and only meeting declining humorous senses. (B)

    Not what you would expect for a master filmmaker's final hour by lending a hand in the comedic screenplay taking shots at his works, verifying his approval hand stamp on the picture. Mel Brooks' satire towards suspense films, specially the genre's master with a helping hand, is more of a fun tribute in dedication to Hitchcock filled with sporadic recognition by familiarity that garner some laughs, but it is sadly an omen for satirical comedies if forced and only meeting declining humorous senses. (B)

  • Jul 15, 2020

    I didn't find it remotely funny or memorable.

    I didn't find it remotely funny or memorable.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Probably the "tamest" of Mel Brooks' movies (barely PG), but also one of the funniest--IF you are savvy of Hitchcock films. Front-loaded with cameos (some not even listed in the credits, like Dom Delouise as the father of two girls that compelled Thornyke to mollify his speech at the convention), etc. I saw it just now for the first time in 20 years and it still had me in stitches, plus some things I missed from all the other times I saw it before (like the face of Richard Nixon in the plane after Thorndyke's panic face). Also, one of the least-"offensive" of Brooks' films as far as language goes, but the innuendos fly high in places. Jonesing for nostalgic comedy done right with style? Give High Anxiety a(nother) look!

    Probably the "tamest" of Mel Brooks' movies (barely PG), but also one of the funniest--IF you are savvy of Hitchcock films. Front-loaded with cameos (some not even listed in the credits, like Dom Delouise as the father of two girls that compelled Thornyke to mollify his speech at the convention), etc. I saw it just now for the first time in 20 years and it still had me in stitches, plus some things I missed from all the other times I saw it before (like the face of Richard Nixon in the plane after Thorndyke's panic face). Also, one of the least-"offensive" of Brooks' films as far as language goes, but the innuendos fly high in places. Jonesing for nostalgic comedy done right with style? Give High Anxiety a(nother) look!

  • Feb 01, 2019

    The best comedy movie ever made!

    The best comedy movie ever made!

  • Jan 19, 2019

    If you are a reviewer and you think someone with a High IQ would not enjoy this film, then you must have cheated on the IQ test and definitely are not even close to genius. Although the film is not Mel Brooks's best film, the use of Hitchcock's material to spoof is pulled off brilliantly by a strong cast of acting talents such as Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Dick Van Patten. High Anxiety is a very visual film more than anything, using a hotel balcony, the effects of a car radio and the hijinx between Leachman and Korman.

    If you are a reviewer and you think someone with a High IQ would not enjoy this film, then you must have cheated on the IQ test and definitely are not even close to genius. Although the film is not Mel Brooks's best film, the use of Hitchcock's material to spoof is pulled off brilliantly by a strong cast of acting talents such as Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Dick Van Patten. High Anxiety is a very visual film more than anything, using a hotel balcony, the effects of a car radio and the hijinx between Leachman and Korman.

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Not one of his better pix, its ok, you may laugh a few times here and there.

    Not one of his better pix, its ok, you may laugh a few times here and there.

  • Apr 28, 2018

    the movie is not very funny, but i just think mel brooks is such a charming guy. its a nice movie that anyone could watch

    the movie is not very funny, but i just think mel brooks is such a charming guy. its a nice movie that anyone could watch

  • Mar 11, 2018

    If you have a low IQ, you would laugh your head off. High IQ folks consider it very stupid.

    If you have a low IQ, you would laugh your head off. High IQ folks consider it very stupid.