The film-of-the-musical-of-the-film, The Producers
unites the hit Broadway pairing of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, drafts in Uma Thurman, and somewhere along the way loses half the fun that made the original movie and the Broadway show such a success.
Under the watchful eye of creator Mel Brooks, this may be a musical version but it tells the same tale--two men stumble across a great way to make money, by putting on a Broadway flop. So off they go to devise the most offensive, sure-fire failure, only to see their creation--Springtime For Hitler--become the towns hot ticket.
While theres undoubtedly some fun to be had here, and Lane and Broderick are clearly have a great time in their roles, there are a couple of key problems with The Producers. Firstly, and most crucially, is the staid direction. This very much feels like a camera was placed in front of a stage, and it hurts the film a lot. Secondly, the wonderful energy of Mel Brooks original movie is sadly lacking, and at no time does this no version threaten to be an equal to its predecessor.
And yet there are winning moments, some good laughs, and a gentle couple of hours of entertainment. Yet the key attraction is clearly a chance for the majority who never got to see Lane and Broderick treading the boards in their acclaimed performances before, and for many, that rightly justifies the asking price. You just cant help wishing the film around them was a little better, though.--Simon Brew
THE PRODUCERS 2005 EDITION. MEL BROOKS CLASSIC REMAKE STARRING NATHAN LANE, MATTHEW BRODERICK , UMA THURMAN AND WILL FERRELL. EXCELLENT CONDITION