16 January 2006 | dbborroughs
Painful satire of the theatrical melodramas from days of yore
This movie is a painful viewing experience. I don't know if its because the humor has all been ripped off by later films or because its just awful, either way I can't recommend this film to anyone.
the idea of the film is that its a film version of the melodrama that things like Dudley Do Right makes fun of. With "Boo Hiss Villains" who twirl their mustaches and Heroes you cheer on. Indeed the film begins with Billy Gilbert saying that the audience should feel free to boo and cheer as they see fit. The problem is this sort of thing is so close to parody now (and even then) that making fun of it, unless you're very clever, doesn't work, or rather doesn't work for more than say a 15 minute sketch. This film runs out of steam wall before that and we are left with a film that is neither fish nor, or rather just foul. yes it works occasionally but I'd be hard pressed to tell anyone to sit down and watch this film in order to find them.
Avoid this film.