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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Genre: Comedy Western
Starring: Cleavon Little (Vanishing Point • Fletch Lives), Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory • The Producers)
Directed By: Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein • Spaceballs)
Overview: When a corrupt industrialist sends a posse of outlaws to run the people out of a town to make way for the rail, the town asks the equally corrupt governor for a sheriff. What he sends them is the blackest sheriff that ever sported a silver star.
I hate Mel Brooks. If I had to sum up what I think of the man in one word it would be 'goof', and I don't mean it in a nice way. Yet, somehow, somewhere, after all the pros and cons are added up, I can't help but reluctantly say, "Yeah yeah fine. Blazing Saddles is stupid, but not that stupid." And, much to my surprise, if it's one question I never thought I needed asking, this film answered it: "How many times do you have to hear the word 'Nigger' in one sitting before it turns hilarious?" Turns out he number is somewhere around 19.
There's a scene where a little old lady gets punched repeatedly in the gut, a scene with a horse gets punched out in the face, repeated moments of absolutely retarded writing and idiotic racism, constant breaking of the fourth wall, not to mention a comic disregard for historical accuracy and as you'd expect, a fart joke scene that is, at least, appropriate for a Western given that cowboys are sitting around a fire eating beans.
Then again there's Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, and Cleavon Little to even out Mel Brooks' moronic performance (not to mention this hot momma below). But surprisingly, above all things, there's a solid plot that delivers, entertains and makes us laugh enough to give kudos to the makers of this little slice of film history. I'm sure this film had had it's share of hate, given the frequent racism, but it's all tongue-in-cheek deconstructivism that somehow helps us see the stupidity of it all in the long run.
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 8 Script: 7 Plot: 8 Mood: 7
Overall Rating: 76% (Hurts The Tuchus, But A Good Hurt)
Just goes to show you, no matter what you've thought of a man's work in the past, you can still be surprised by the odd gem in his pants.
Cheers to that.