Noises Off Reviews
I've had friends who suggested that this story is actually better as a live stage play. While I have seen the live show, and I quite enjoy it, this movie is better for one simple reason. Nowhere can you go and see a cast as amazing as the one in this film. With comic geniuses like Carol Burnett and John Ritter, great actors like Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine, it's star-studded beyond your wildest dreams. And these folks have impeccable comedic timing. I swear I would pay to see this cast read tax law, because they add so much to the already hilarious script.
The way the story is told in 3 acts is absolutely perfect. After the first act you not only know the characters, but you understand how the show is supposed to look. This pays off brilliantly in the second and third acts when things backstage go wrong at just the right (or wrong) times in context of the show. I can't even begin to tell you all the great lines and physical comedy moments that make this movie so funny. All I can say is that, after seeing the film dozens of times, I still find myself laughing until my sides hurt. If you've never seen this film it is an absolute must see, that sadly flew under most people's radar.
It movie with a plot of "Play within a Play" with lots of crazy thing happening like young women run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually open and shut etc etc..
Direction Scored well.
Screenplay and Cinematography is alright.
All the characters acted really well. Specially.. Caine, Ritter and Henner.
The first half shows how the play is which is quite boring but second half shows how the play come out with all the mess among the characters.
Ending is not satisfying but..
IT'S DECENT COMEDY TO WATCH..
IF YOU CAN HOLD YOURSELF TILL THE FIRST HALF OF THE MOVIE.. SECOND HALF IS WORTH WATCH.
By the time the third act rolled around, I got a little tired of things since it requires paying complete attention to how the play is supposed to go (which you see in act 1), and by then I was so worn out by the *non-stop* jokes and silliness that I didn't really appreciate how fucked up the final act was. Not a fault of the film, really, but still something worth noting.
I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this little flick, but your enjoyment of it may waver depending on how much you like seeing comedies on stage. Me, I could go either way, but this was extremely enjoyable. I'd relish a chance to see it on stage some day, but for now, I'll enjoy this pitch-perfect-to-a-fault adaptation.