November 17, 2012
Animal Crackers, 1930. Some Marx Brothers characters show up at a socialite party.
Directed by Victor Heerman. Written by Morrie Ryskind, with Pierre Collings, based on a play by George S. Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. Starring The Marx Brothers.
Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 1/4 (Bad)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad)
Acting: 1/4 (Bad)
Music: 3/4 (Good). It opens with a barrage of terrible numbers, but later musical interludes are the best things in the movie.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4). It has a traditional farce plot, which is at odds with the Marx Brothers' style - when silliness breaks out, it's jarring and confusing as often as funny (usually both), and when it returns to the story it's a tedious distraction. The jokes are great, and a lot of the routines are hilarious, but overall it's a badly-made movie.
Objective Rating (Average): 1.9/4 (Eh)
Posted by Daniel at 11:02 AM