The Producers (2005)
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Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman
||They won't get it,
leave them at home.
||If she, or I
suppose he, likes musicals.
||Uma looks good but
keeps all of her clothes on.
||Some shooting but
no one dies.
||Some pretty decent
||I'll just say I
nearly pissed my pants because of a pigeon.
||Too many to list.
Whatís the first thing I did after seeing the new movie
version of "The Producers?" Well, I immediately had to go
out and find a copy of the old version of "The Producers"
because in all of my movie viewing, I had never seen it, but
have heard many great things about it. I will simply start
off by saying the 2005 musical movie "The Producers" is no "The
Producers." Letís get to the storyÖ
The Producers (2005)
A Movie Review
Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) is a Broadway Producer, who
has had his share of hits, but now has a huge flop on his
hands, as well as some financial troubles. Enter Leo Bloom
(Matthew Broderick). Heís an accountant who wants to be a
Broadway Producer. In reviewing Maxís financials, Leo
realizes that if Max were to put on a huge flop, Max could
actually make a ton of cash. In sharing this news with Max,
well, Max, ever looking for a way to make a buck, knows that
he needs Leoís help in order to pull this off. Leo is
reluctant at first, but then realizes that being a producer
of a flop is much more rewarding than his job as an
accountant, so Leo is in. Now itís time to find a crap
screenplay. That screenplay Ė "Springtime for Hitler."
So now Max and Leo are out to secure the rights to the
play from the writer, who happens to be a weird bird lover
named Franz (Will Ferrell). After pledging their allegiance
to being nice to the history of Hitler, Max and Leo now own
the screenplay, and now itís off to find the worst director
on Broadway, and they find him in Gary (Roger De Bris).
Finally all of the pieces are in place, "Springtime for
Hitler" opens, and yup, itís a huge hit, much to the dismay
of Max and Leo. Franz is pissed that Hitler is made fun of,
Leo and Max are in trouble, and in between all of these
scenes there is much singing and dancing.
This is where I had my trouble with the film, mostly with
the singing and dancing, because, except for the musical
portion of "Springtime for Hitler," it just doesnít work on
the big screen. I can see it working in the theater, but not
on film, and for me itís simply because of one thing Ė every
time they were singing it just looked like they were
lip-synching to the music. I also thought the movie looked
too much like a taping of the Broadway musical rather than
being a movie. I suppose this is hard to explain, but I
guess the easiest way to put it is to take the initial scene
with Max and Leo in Maxís office. The movie just had the
feel that they set up a camera in the middle of the theater
audience, pointed it at the stage, and let the scene roll.
I will admit that there were some scenes that I just
busted a gut, but damn, that singing and dancing just kept
getting in the way for me. The real winner in this film was
Uma Thurman as Ulla. She had a different role than the
original Ulla in the original film, but it really worked for
her character and she was also smoking hot.
I see the singing and dancing working as a Broadway
musical, but really, for me, it did nothing for me in the
new version, when actually the movie worked better without
it. In fact, the original movie was around an hour and a
half, which was great, but this new version clocked in over
two hours, and it felt like it. They did stick to many of
the original jokes that worked in the original, and even
added some nods to other Mel Brooksí films, but damn, Iím
going to say it again, it was the singing and dancing that
ruined it for me. Itís 2 Ĺ stars out of 5 for the latest
screen version of "The Producers."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!