Blazing Saddles

A few days ago I decided this would be my final film for the year. I wanted it to be a comedy, and this is one of my all-time fave comedies and I have not seen it for a while (I last watched it in 2012).

As usual it was funny, although there were one or two flat jokes. It is also very un-PC, but even so despite the derogatory terms used it is not a racist film, quite the contrary actually.

All of the actors were very funny, even the supporting cast. Some characters had only one or two scenes but they were memorable. The hangman for example was very funny even though he had less than one minute in the whole film.

Sadly the only actor from the principal cast still with us today is Mel Brooks. Cleavon Little who played the sheriff died way back in 1992, Gene Wilder last year, Madeline Kahn back in 1999, Harvey Korman in 2008, and John Hillerman just last month.

Richard Pryor was one of the writers. He was the original choice for Sheriff Bart, but the studio was against it due to his drug problems. Cleavon Little though aced the part.

This is not up there with the Monty Python films, or Airplane!, but I still think it is a silly hoot.

And that is it for my film watching this year. Not a bad one.

Date watched: December 31st
Score: 9.5/10
Film count 2017: 148

The Producers

I was expecting more from this, more funny bits at least. But even though it wasn’t overly funny it was still entertaining enough, mostly due to Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Zero Mostel overdid it at times but he was really into the role, while Gene Wilder did his usual understated but funny thing. The actors playing the director and his assistant were also great, as well as the playwright who was probably the funniest actually.

The extra disc with the making of the film was a bit more interesting actually, it is always interesting to see how films are made. I also started listening to Gene Wilder’s (real name Jerry Silberman) autobiography recently so seeing this added some extra interest.

Worth a watch if you also see the making of too.

Date watched: February 8th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2012: 23