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The Three Stooges (2012)
Good, harmless Stooge fun. A faithful tribute.
As a big fan of The Three Stooges since childhood, I wasn't sure how to feel about this movie. Was Hollywood selling out a beloved franchise, or was it actually attempting a faithful, big- screen tribute to one of the greatest comedy acts of all time?
This film was everything I had hoped it'd be and more. When we get to see the Moe, Larry and Curly that we all know and love, it feels like running into a couple of old friends that we haven't seen in awhile. While the appearances aren't dead on with the original Stooges, Sasso, Hayes and Diamantopolous manage to capture the very essence and mannerisms behind the original Stooges.
There's some very interesting character development for the character of Moe, something I didn't expect to find in this film. There's also an emotional depth and a light-hearted silliness that are present throughout the film, something which made the originals so great. There's a few questionable scenes here or there that don't quite feel like they fit in the film, but somehow we get the impression that if the Stooges could have gotten away with it back then they would have done the exact same thing.
The eye pokes, slaps and head bonks are all the same as you remember. They look authentic and when they are mixed with the original sound effects, you'll find yourself laughing like you were a 10 year old kid again. The Farrelly's obviously put a lot of work and research into the film, and if their goal was to make a film that the original Stooges would be proud of and that would inspire a new generation of Stooge lovers, then they have succeeded.
Don't go into this film expecting it to top the originals. No one will ever come close to them, and the makers of this film understand that. Moe Howard was a man who always believed that the show must go on. When Curly was replaced by Shemp, naturally the shorts wouldn't be as good as the Curly ones, but they were still great on their own levels. The same thing could be said when Shemp was replaced by Joe Besser, and eventually Joe DeRita. Moe knew that the golden age of the Stooges was the Moe, Larry and Curly era. That didn't stop him though, he always continued the act, because he knew people needed the Stooges. Don't think of this film as an attempt to top the originals, that's just never gonna happen. Look at it was a faithful love letter to the boys, and sit back relax and get ready to laugh like a kid again.
Fei zhou he shang (1991)
So you want to see this film....
If you live in America and are a "Gods Must Be Cray" fan, you may never see this movie. Although this movie is popular on VHS and DVD in China, it is hard to view in America. First off Jamie Uys did not direct this film. Second off, in order to view this film you must purchase it on VCD. VCD is a type of DVD, but only viewable on computers and some DVD systems. Also if you buy it in English the characters have different names then in the Chinese version. It is also dubbed in English, and sounds kind of fake. But if you are a "Gods Must Be Crazy fan, then I suggest that you see this movie. If you do plan on viewing this movie, good luck finding it, you will need it.
Yankee Zulu (1993)
The Gods Must Be.........
Notice that the tag line for this movie was "If the God's were crazy now they've gone berserk". Yankee Zulu is considered as a movie in "The Gods Must Be Crazy" series of movies. This film is much different from any other of the Gods Must Be Crazy films. The only similiarity is that it takes place in South Africa, like the rest of the films. A major miss in this film is that it does not contain N'!xau the bushman, and it is not by Jamie Uys. This is the last U.S. based film, of the Gods Must Be Crazy series. The rest of the films including, Vampires Must Be Crazy, The God's Must Be Funny in China, and Crazy Hong Kong. So if you were expecting N!xau the bushman, in another hilarious adventure, this is not the movie for you.