Bump 'n' Grind
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 01/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Loud, Crass, Dopey, Sleazy, Tuney, Beautifully produced and Acted and Supremely Not PC, Susan Stroman's "The Producers" comes at you like gang busters on speed.
The Singer/Actors here are/will always be identified with these parts as they have been on the Stage for the last several years: Nathan Lane as Max Bialystok, Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom and now Uma Thurman as blond bombshell, Ulla.
The story is pretty simple: Max, Broadway producer down on his luck comes upon the idea via his accountant Leo, to produce a show that will without any doubt fail; thereby, through larceny and/or accounting tricks, make both Max and Leo a lot of money. Make sense? Not much but who cares: it's in the telling that "The Producers" is so much fun.
Both Lane and Broderick chew the scenery within and inch of its life and most of the musical numbers are fantastically staged outdoors to great advantage: the investor ladies with walkers scene is a hoot as well as Leo's number with his fellow accountants as is the opening scene from the show that Max and Leo produce: "Springtime for Hitler."
"The Producers" will not teach you anything except maybe not to listen to your accountant nor will you leave the theater with any profound thoughts...but you will leave happy and positive...and those are not bad things, not bad things at all.
S. Ventimiglia | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A fantastic film, made less than it could have been by the studio's inability to keep everything intact.
Now with this DVD version, it seems that everyone will have a chance to see the film version of Nathan Lane's "King of Broadway", one of the best songs in the stage production - which for some reason, was not included in the theatrical release. We also get the short "In Old Bavaria", also cut from the theatrical release. However, omitted completely from the movie is the hilarious "Where Did We Go Right?" - disappointing, as it's the only song in the musical that won't ever be seen on film (and it's a great song, too!)
Even though I'm of the opnion that Mel Brooks himself would have done a better job with the camera work; Susan Stroman does her best to direct the film, and brings a flavor of old 1970's movie musicals to the entire production (whether it was intentional or not.)
Be forewarned: After listening to the original broadway cast recording (which receives my highest possible recommendation), you will wish they kept the original Franz [Brad Oscar] and Ulla [Cady Huffman] - their voices are very strong and it's hard to accept Will Farrell or Uma Thurman in those roles if you've been, even slightly, exposed to the original cast (especially Cady Huffman - who truly makes Ulla "belt" the song "If You've Got It, Flaunt It").
All compromises aside, this is one heck of a movie musical which brightly shines the spotlight on the performance abilities of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. You can easily see why they will always be the definitive stage versions of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom."
PLEASE RELEASE THIS TITLE ASAP
M. J. George | Australia | 01/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a such an enjoyable film. An absolute delight! What a thrill to see Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane reprise their roles of Max and Leo and for all the world to have the joy of seeing them - not just those fortunate enough to have seen them on Broadway. That goes for Gary Beach and Roger Bart, too (in their roles of Roger and Carmen Ghia). They are all brilliant. It is politically incorrect, deliciously naughty, a laugh a minute, full of slapstick humour and for those of us in showbiz, an absolute hoot. However, you don't have to be in showbiz to get a huge kick and laugh out of this movie.
I am also thrilled it has stayed true to the stage production.
I've read many reviews that compare this to the original. I don't think you can. There certainly are similarities however. Nathan Lane is a huge fan of Zero Mostel and pays homage in his interpretation, so people will naturally compare them. Gene Wilder was great, but am more taken with Matthew as I am a huge fan.
Buy this DVD when it is released. Not only for the outrageous film, but the extras that sound magnificient.
As I said PLEASE RELEASE THIS DVD ASAP."