The Stranger, a tall striking creature dressed in white sets into motions a series of events whilst reciting the Edgar Allen Poe Poem "Eldorado", which will have an effect on those heading ... See full summary »
The Stranger, a tall striking creature dressed in white sets into motions a series of events whilst reciting the Edgar Allen Poe Poem "Eldorado", which will have an effect on those heading towards the mythical city. The evening was going to be a normal Blues Brothers tribute gig for Oliver and Stanley Rosenblum, The Jews Brothers at a local Bar Mitzvah, but things were not going to go to plan for Stan and Ollie. After being wrongly sent to entertain the annual conference of Neo Nazi's instead of the stripper, which was sent to the Bar Mitzvah by their inept Manager JJ. The Jews Brothers are chased out of town by the head of the Californian Chapter of Neo Nazi's General Zwick, and after contacting their agent JJ who makes amends for the mix up by sending the boys and the stripper Lesley Dean to do a show at the Eldorado Festival. This sets in motion a series of events, as at the same time Jessica Albino Jones is on the run from her husband, strip club owner Roy with a million of his ... Written by
Sadly, this is what happens to 'recession' hit actors 2.7/10
I remember seeing this last year and thinking that I had witnessed some sort of parody of the amazing 'The Blues Brothers' but upon checking on IMDb I saw that this was a project that was supposedly a serious attempt at film-making. I have to say, it's an atrocious over indulgence on writer/director Richard Driscoll's part and how in the hell he managed to raise $15 million for this production is nothing short of miraculous (and preposterous). Upon reading the 'Eldorado' script, 99.999% of actors would run from it and sack their agent for even considering them for it but times being what they are, everyone has bills to pay, even actors, who are, after all, real people like you or I.
You know when you see someone on TV making a fool of themselves and 'you' feel embarrassed for them? Well most of the acting in this piece of garbage has that effect on you, especially when miming songs, Brigitte Nielsen doing 'Respect' is just one such example, but I could feel my face turn red on more than a few occasions. I felt pretty annoyed at Richard Driscoll for using the very elderly Peter O'Toole who, in his twilight years looks to be cramming in as many film credits as possible (and why not, good for him I say) but the brilliant 'Lawrence of Arabia' Thespian was totally taken advantage of by asking him to appear in this nonsense, even more so than all the other actors who are out of favour with the 'box office' and badly need the work. I read that Richard Driscoll is an animal lover and I know that Daryl Hannah also does the 'animal rights' thing so I can understand how she got involved, but the others......well that's another matter but it looks like Richard Driscoll had a strange idea in his head about how he wanted the story to go, but filled in the blanks as the actors came on board. For example, he signs on David Carradine to this nonsensical project and have a guess who he gets his character to act as? Kwai Chang Caine (Grasshopper?) from 'Kung Fu' no less, with his flute, silly proverbs and all. Mr Driscoll wrote and directed this debacle but instead of inspiring the actors, he basically used them to inspire his (ahem) movie. Steve Guttenberg playing the 'Jews Brothers' agent is a sight to behold. I'm certain that he hated himself in the morning after doing it but at least he gave it his all. The silly CG fly buzzing about his head was crazy and just another one of the great little touches that assured this films place in the history books.
This is a train wreck of a movie that's all over the place more than any film I've ever seen and I've seen thousands of films so I know precisely what I'm talking about when it comes to these types of 'movies'. Imagine what a kid with a limited knowledge of film-making and casting would do if they were given a lot of money and told to do whatever they liked. Well, this is the end result of just such a test. Get a very long list of 'previously' well known actors, get them to make fools of themselves while trying to act out some deranged vision that only the director can see and "viola", Eldorado!
The bottom line is, the acting is somewhere between very bad and very, very, very bad, it's horribly miscast, the writing is non-existent, the direction is beyond a joke (I'm deadly serious BTW), the set design - make up - music - editing - dubbing - and of course production values are pathetic. Oh yes, 3D? Really? This is the biggest joke of all. Tacking on 3D to a film that doesn't make it as a 2D film has no right trying it in 3D. I guess the $15 million had to be spent on something tangible because I couldn't spot anything of value. I rarely bomb a movie but after sitting through a very long 158 minutes I felt I had to warn everyone.
Most Definitely Not recommended!
∞ Another 'Ðear Boss' Letter by N∆√ ∞
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