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A nicely made piece of nostalgia
on 12 January 2015
Essential television viewing in the early 1960s, the original series of The Beverly Hillbillies was treated to a revamp with this movie filmed in 1993. The studio appointed Penelope Spheeris as the project's Director, hot on the heels of her runaway success with the previous year's surprise smash Wayne's World. At one point it seemed that the movie might become the pilot for a new TV series, but in the end that didn't materialise - a shame because there was some fine acting and great character performances that worked their way into this movie. The plot closely mirrors the original series, with an unsophisticated rural family discovering oil deposits under their land, which makes them into overnight multi-multi-millionaires, so they up sticks and relocate to Beverly Hills. On arrival they acclimatise to their new situation and surroundings, whilst constantly being targeted by no-good types intent on fleecing them out of their fortune. Overall, the film has a warm and gentle comic style, with various set-piece scenes that are linked by strong character development. By the time the film's end arrived, I was able to feel a strong connection to all the main characters and would happily have seen them in further escapades. The ensemble cast worked well together, and also had opportunities to each show their individual skills. The pacing was good throughout, there were some nice sets and costumes, and everything looked good on screen.