Farce about a British diplomat to a West Indian island nation who finds his idyllic existance thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.Written by
Jonathan Broxton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Music and Lyrics by John Denver
(c)Cherry Lane Music Inc., controlled by Harmony Music Ltd., for British Commonwealth (excluding Canada) including Republic of Ireland and South Africa See more »
Flawed but worthwhile
Michael Caine is a notoriously prolific actor, the downside of that being that for all his acclaim he has a reputation for being in as many bad films as good. One that many critics are quick to cite as one of the worst is "Water". That's not entirely fair, for while it is certainly not one of the high points of Caine's career or a resounding success it has an odd sort of charm which makes it somewhat endearing. The concept alone is a large part of the film's appeal; rarely have we seen a big screen satire with the bravado to take on colonialism. The script is by legendary Britcom writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and while it is not up to the standard of the best of their television work, it contains many amusing moments. The main problem with the film is that it has no real momentum. The plot often moves at a sluggish pace, and some scenes feel like they add nothing to the film and could have easily been dropped. What ultimately saves the film is the performance of Leonard Rossiter, in his last film role before his untimely death. Whilst the character of Sir Malcolm Leveridge offers little challenge to Rigsby or Reginald Perrin, Rossiter still provides a great number of laughs and is the best reason to see the film.
The film's soundtrack is also very enjoyable, in particular a great title track from Eddy Grant.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this