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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, to be a Lemmon or a Matthau..., 24 Jun 2005
This review is from: The Odd Couple [DVD] [1967] (DVD)
Having acted in the stage version of Neil Simon's play, I feel able to appreciate first hand the craft of the play and in particular the superb comic timing of Messrs Lemmon and Matthau. What a shame neither are with us, but we do have their films as a fitting tribute.
The two actors in question peel the layers of the onion with finesse I as an amateur performer could only dream of. It's not that difficult to deliver these joyful words and get a laugh, but to make the whole relationship hang together in bitter-sweet disharmony and still get laughs along the way requires immense skill, the kind you get from a lifetime of performing.
Viewers with keen memories will of course remember that this film spawned a long-running TV sitcom spinoff, second only to MASH in the popularity stakes. It's a credit to Simon that his characters have the power to endure and be as relevant today as they were in the 60s. Perhaps Oscar and his mates would be playing Internet poker these days, but their lifestyles would be little different, one suspects. Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose!
In short, this is a joy from beginning to end, and I thoroughly recommend it to you all.
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