December 07, 2005

Leo and Max

Saw the new version of "The Producers" tonight at a critic's screening. I generally liked it- gorgeous production design, good performances, plenty of energy, and good songs, which took it over the hump in terms of justifying its own existence as a remake of the 1967 classic. Will Ferrell, however, stole the movie. It's worth seeing just for him.

My only beef? Way too long. It could have excised three or four musical numbers and been a much better film. But I still recommend seeing it when it's released Christmas Day.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 7, 2005 12:51 AM

Sounds good to me...did you say GORGEOUS PRODUCTION DESIGN?? Bet you can't say the same for Rent in comparison.

Posted by: A at December 7, 2005 03:41 PM

Steve, did you see the Broadway version upon which this movie is based? The timing was great, and I couldn't say there were extra songs... Maybe the new song added just for Academy Award consideration makes it overkill.

Posted by: Dan at December 8, 2005 09:08 AM

Will I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Larry David/David Schwimmer version?

Posted by: LilB at December 8, 2005 12:32 PM
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