The Producers – a review

Just before The Producers started, I cringed a little because I realized that I wasn’t in the mood for the type of movie I generally see in the theatres. I didn’t want to feel sad, I didn’t want to think, I didn’t want to feel bad for anyone.

But then the film began and I was relieved. Laughter ensued and never ended until long after the movie did. It has been years since I’ve seen the original film, which probably helped me watch the new one with more objectivity. I’ve never seen the stage version, but apparently it’s word-for-word.

I don’t know if it was because I heard Gene Shalet‘s review Monday morning that one thing bothered me almost the whole time: Matthew Broderick overacts the part (Gene didn’t like him). I know Leo Bloom is meant to be a bit mental and very accountant-y, but this was overboard. Maybe it works better on the stage.

But clever humor and otherwise good acting made up for Broderick. The real winner is Roger Bart. It took me a while to realize he was the pharmacist from Desperate Housewives. Best line: [responding to someone asking what happened to his convulsing lover] “He’s having a stroke…OF GENIUS!!” Laura plainly stated through her laughter, “That is the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.” And it just about was.

All in all, I give it a 8 out of 10. A movie based on a musical couldn’t get any higher in my book. Go see it!

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