Film Club Review – A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda
A Fish Called Wanda is one of the most notable comedies to come out of the 80’s. It is about a group of bank robbers who are trying to find the diamonds stashed away by one of the team members who gets arrested. The plot is full of backstabbing and bad coincidences, egged on by crazy personalities, the craziest of which is Kevin Kline’s Otto.
The movie starts out rather regularly, with not too many jokes and a basic heist aftermath plot. Once Wanda, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, starts seducing John Cleese, then the movie finally begins to pick up. Even though the first half of the movie is rather plain, it is needed to build upon for the wackier situations of the latter half.
The movie had some bits which really worked well, including John Cleese trying to get information from a stuttering Michael Palin (hilarious scene from two Monty Python alums). It also had some bits which didn’t work so well for me, such as Palin trying to knock off an old lady with pet dogs. Also, I found Kline’s outrageous, over-the-top performance more annoying than entertaining.
I think I was expecting something a little wackier than what I got with this one. It started off slowly yet did pick up with some funny gags and an engaging storyline which seemed to get switched up with each different scene near the end. I can see how some of the humour may have seemed pretty out there at the time, but seems rather tame by our standards twenty years later . Still, a fun comedy with some great performances.