Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.
The film parodies every mode of cop flicks, but only two of those are the real backbone. The obvious thrust in the plot lampoons James Bond super-spy stuff, which is underscored by having the Queen over to visit and a suave, exotic villain.
I think it's with the second mode that Abrahams/Zucker really stumbled onto something—film noir.
In the film, Drebin imagines himself as the cocksure Philip Marlowe guy, there is the snappy noir voice-over, the Double Indemnity quotations, the alluring woman, the glistening pavements and neon night atmosphere..
..but from our position as viewers, we know he is a bumbling buffoon who sleepwalks in his own illusory bubble—most importantly, the woman is not a femme fatale as he suspects—so the surreal situations that develop, which are a staple of the noir nightmare, are his own illogical doing.
Because the film is a comedy, these are played for laughs, and the buffoon has to be shown to triumph, but this is a smart, interesting reworking. The second film is even better.
- Jan 4, 2013