While I’m not a big fan of musicals: when Netflix suggested musical remake of The Producers, I filed it as “Yeah, I oughta get around to watching that.” Glad I did.
Early segments such as the beginning with Max and Leo aren’t my cup of tea. The more theater oriented sequences made me wonder if there is such a thing as a Mel Brooks I wouldn’t like. But by the time Will Ferrell and his favorite pigeon popped up, I was pretty sure it would be worth watching. Actually that pigeon might of been mye biggest laugh during the whole film, lol. Later on the choice of a more on stage style proves rather appropriate for many reasons.
By the time the opening night ends, and Franz shows up to shoot Max and Leo: we’re firmly in ROFLMAO territory all the way to the end. Nathan Lane’s performance was especially stellar throughout.
I find the whole concept terribly amusing. Two fools trying to make a play so bad that it has to flop, and boy howdy did they pick an idea for that plan. It’s actually a tougher sell that anyone would invest in their cockamamie play than it is that someone would actually make a flop with the intent to cook their books. But of course despite intentionally doing everything wrong: it somehow goes horribly right, and they’re all screwed, screwed, screwed. Hahah!
Plus it’s kind of a sweet that they manage to make fun of the old Nazis along the way. I can easily imagine some evil bastards rolling over in their grave at what a farcesical thing they made.
Makes me remember a quote I came across some years ago: “If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win…That’s what they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can’t win. You show how crazy they are.”