Gene Wilder is one of my favorite people in the biz. He has a fanatical side which instantly makes you embarrassed for him, while at the same time, he has an open honesty which makes you feel for him every little thing which his characters go through.
He was one of the best of the best before his beloved Gilda died in 1989. And has slowly let the sadness permeate to his very soul, every day since.
To look upon Gene Wilder today, you don't see the nervous little fuss-budget of a man he once was. You don't see the carefully happy and deeply devoted husband he was to Gilda during those years, anymore either. What you see now, is a sad, sorrow-filled Gene who is struggling to maintain the grip he has on his bootstraps, that makes you love him all the more for his courage.
He has worked little since; his 1990 comedy "Funny About Love" having already been filmed at the time of his wife's demise, was the last of the greats to be released by Wilder. His 1991 comedy "Another You" bore the brunt of Wilder's grief, and it showed in his performance, complete with a death skit worked into the plot line where the beloved deceased rose triumphantly from the grave, and was not the hit Wilder desperately needed at that time.
His defunct TV series was another tremendous let down for the star, but that did not destroy his spirit. Wilder has made several Made 4 TV movies over these last few years; keeping himself busy amidst struggling with his grief, and is now, some sixteen years later, heading once again to the big screen.
This newest endeavor (Instant Karma - 2005) is also centered around death and the reincarnation factor, and carries several big names. It is unclear which of these superstars will be the lead, but the list of cast members includes Pierce Brosnan, Dom DeLuise, William Katt, Eartha Kitt, Billy Preston, Burt Reynolds, The Rock, Mira Sorvino, and Gene Wilder (among others)! This film has had NO press even with the all-star cast. New Line Cinema appears to have little faith in the project or they would be hard-spinning it by now.
If I could say one thing to Gene Wilder, it would be this..."We never get over losing the ones we love dearly. But somehow, we do get past it. I hope your heart heals one day, Mr. Wilder, for as things are, we not only lost Gilda that fateful day. We lost you, too."
I care not for what other people have to say about this movie. I have loved the Wilder/Pryor comedy team since the very beginning, and this movie is no exception. They haven't done a single movie together which I would dog, and this is no exception.
Another You is about George, a habitual liar who has spent the last three years in an institution to try to help him stop lying. Eddie Dash is a washed-up con artist who somehow qualifies for unemployment. His case worker finds him a position as a sitter/caretaker for George, who is about to be released. Eddie starts out trying to con George, but soon learns that there are bigger fish to fry.
When confronted on the street by Abe Fielding's bookie who owes Abe a ton of money, the bookie mistakes George for Abe (in front of Eddie) and the con is on.
Before you know it, George IS Abe, living in Abe's house, boffing Abe's wife, and Eddie has moved into the small mansion as an ex-fighter who needs a little "recovery time."
This is a wonderful premise, and the movie is both touching and hilarious.
While it lacks the "epic" feel of Silver Streak, it is every bit as good as Stir Crazy, and at least 2 notches above See No Evil, Hear No Evil. This is a wonderful movie.
It rates a 7.6/10 from...
the Fiend :.