The Producers Reviews
Keep it Gay
Springtime for Hitler and
When You've Got It, Flaunt It
You've been warned
Mel Brooks produces this Musical Comedy, which includes names such as Matthew Broderick and Uma Thurman between the main cast. The main play "Springstime For Hitler" is beautifully executed, and the story, though dull and slow in the beginning, finally evolves into an adorable comedy.
This makes me hate the remake of THE PRODUCERS all the more. It takes every brilliant element of the original and dumbs it down. The acting is horrible, the writing is unfunny, the character changes are unforgivable, and the direction is sloppy.
The performances in the original film are classic. Zero Mostel, one of the most charismatic and energized actors I have ever seen on screen, is replaced by an obnoxious, bumbling, sluggish Nathan Lane (whom I typically enjoy on screen). An even more insulting replacement is Gene Wilder's Oscar-nominated performance with Matthew Broderick's Razzie-worthy attempt at comedy. He is beyond atrocious--Broderick does not have good comedic timing, sings poorly, and sounds like he does not even feel like acting. He is sluggish, obnoxious, dull, and pales in comparison to Wilder's energized, perfectly exaggerated performance. Will Ferrel (replacing the hilarious Kenneth Mars) is the only actor seemingly enjoying acting in this film. Although he is irritatingly hammy (in a way that suggests that the director does not know how to direct her actors), Ferrel at least has energy and some level of interest.
The jokes in this movie, for the most part, are just piss poor. It's as if the writers wanted to modify the jokes in the original film in order to make the remake more than a stale carbon copy, but instead made the jokes dumb and nonsensical. I found myself unable to laugh for a majority of this movie because the jokes do not make sense.
All in all, avoid this film. It is one of the worst I have ever seen, and only gets me angrier every time I think about it. Go watch the real 1968 version and get this one the fuck away from me.