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Tony Goldmark is the aforementioned Some Jerk. He loves theme parks,
but it is a love with eyes wide open. Through some sophisticated
filming with his friends, he's able to show theme park attractions and
shows in detail, without getting thrown out. (Hint: he intentionally
NEVER says anything upsetting or contemptuous in the parks. Anything
like that gets added in post. Watch the episodes closely to see how
this works.) More than anything else, he observes how corporate
decisions affect what you see and experience in theme parks. This is
most apparent in his two-part review of the Captain EO attraction,
showing how Michael Jackson was suddenly in favor, then out, then back
in favor when he died.
My personal favorite is his review of the revised Star Tours attraction. Every mixed feeling or questionable decision of Lucasfilm and Disney gets its due...with his soliloquy about a certain floppy-eared resident of the planet Naboo his greatest performance of all.
He's wise enough not to take himself too seriously. But, no matter how pointedly he critiques attractions, he cares deeply for the theme park experience. He knows Disney and Universal history, enough so that he can illustrate his reviews with appropriate (and deliberately inappropriate) film clips and music. If you've ever attended a park, and especially if you've ever worked at one, you'll love these reviews.
A word about content; Mr. Goldmark does get scatological at times. These reviews are not for little children. Teenage and above will find them okay, at least teenagers not raised in the more backwards parts of our nation.
Unlike the usual reviewer, Goldmark is able to weave dark comedy,
lighthearted comedy, fast references, and high-energy fun into a
cleverly creative series on the unknown and known and secret places of
the world's best known theme parks, Disney and Universal.
Sure, most people might be thrown off by the fast paced nature at first, but if you are able to look past the deep insanity of the host and his friends, you will see a funny and informative series about theme park secrets.
I highly recommend it not only to theme park fans, but any fans of fast-paced and humorous comedy!
10 out of 10.
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