Richie Rich Reviews
The comedy side of the movie is really kind of non existent, it tries it really does but by the end your kind of feeling disappointed. The story I'll give it is not boring, it has it's moments where you actually are maybe rooting for Richie and his fellow friends and butler(Jonathan Hyde), but in truth it's hard to like Culkin. Our main star in this is just too unbelievable and wastes any talent he has by being a dull main character, top that also with a poor script and you have Macaulay Culkin acting and sounding like some kind of badly built robot actor.
Donald Petrie directs and he is pretty average really, doesn't do enough to make the story or actors better but also the general direction Is just well, not done well enough really. Now I'm not the biggest fan of these kind of comedies, in fact most I watch I don't expect much in terms of laughter, and here is another example. One thing I am trying to say though is that this didn't bore me strangely, I mean it is still a pretty bad movie but at times interesting.
Listen this is the kind of movie where at times it tries to flash it's crazy gadgets and cool rich persons items, but only really succeeds in making us the slightest bit interested in the ending. And on that point the end, actually not too bad but followed up just too poor a beginning and middle, Culkin also seems to get better but when he is sad, he just can't act at all!. Now don't watch this and expect to hate it, some could definitely enjoy it, some will hate, but always remember if this movie made you laugh because this movie labels itself as a comedy.
And what about the other cast?, well not everyone is necessarily bad, Jonathan Hyde as the butler is pretty good and when he features the film can be a slight bit more interesting. John Larroquette as the scheming "Van Dough" is also not that bad, should have played into the jokes a bit more and maybe even have been a bit more in to what he is actually doing, kind of looks bored in this movie really.
So overall a movie I found to be well, just not good really, it isn't awful just not acceptable, the kind of movie only a few will like but at least there isn't only one person who likes it. If you like your family comedies you may enjoy it, Culkin has really grown up too much for Home Alone fans to come a knocking but still if your a big fan of his then sure, give this a go.
The Film has a lovely retro satellite system like an ancient funk Sat nav system which I love and the very real theme of Billionaires who don't want to take for themselves but to help others, with the greedy, cruel, Morally Questionable role being the main Villain. It's Campy, Silly and Sweet, not to be taken with a good amount of Academic understanding, just to be taken as non serious silly pomp esque fun.
The overall Moral is Money can't buy you friends I guess, the great responsibility of Being a billionaire and the Sacrifices one has to make such as a proper childhood, Richi's Corporate 'friends' are more the stereotypical representation of the next Brown noses in training, but our protagonist just longs for games of baseball, and to use his lonely theme park, Quad bikes and Fast food outlet with real friends and embark on some sense of Adventure, and get's just a little more than he Bargained for.
It's a Done and Done again routine, but the setting really brings about a jolly feeling as if we are actually looking into the childhood Life of someone else with a big house and a butler....Bruce Wayne?? lol, but seriously, If you forget your 'adult holding' sit back and just be a kid, this is a humorous, charming, Wacky little Film :) .