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on 7 February 2014
Corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc, run by shrewd tycoon Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and the failing London Marwood Zoo.

Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits, do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones.

This new Policy shocks zookeepers, led by unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone.

Eventually, McCain's son Vince, along with business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Policy.

Vince instead comes up with many schemes to attract customers-unauthorised celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals.

Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.

But Willa has grown to love the zoo, and, along with her newly-reformed love interest Rollo, plot with the zookeepers to save the zoo from the McCains...

The say lightning never strikes twice, and even though this movie has some very funny moments, it isn't a patch on A Fish Called Wanda. And the trouble is that the majority of the cast literally look like they are trying too hard.

Kline is annoying in this (in both roles) and Cleese just looks a little bewildered. Palin is good, but again, over hamming it, and Curtis has the look on her as if to say, i'm the most famous one here.

So thank heavens for the rest of the cast, they are truly hilarious and bring the film to life. If the film had been a little more scathing in it's humour, rather than cuddly, then it could have been a winner.

it appears that it's trying to be too safe for it's own good, as if it wanted to appeal to a wider audience.

Instead, it starts, charms a little with it's innuendo, and then goes, like a sweet great aunt.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 May 2013
After the massive success of A Fish Called Wanda, there was a lot of pressure on the four main stars to reunite. Then, when the `sequel' (which isn't actually a sequel, simply a new story with new characters, played by the original four actors) came out, it was a bit of a let-down (apparently).

I can see where the negatives reviews came from, not because Fierce Creatures is a bad film (it isn't - I find it hilarious!), but because it's so radically different from its predecessor. A Fish Called Wanda was dark and adult in nature, plus its plot of double-crossing bank robbers and corrupt barristers was definitely suited for adults into black comedy. Therefore people expected Fierce Creatures to offer something similar. It doesn't. It's a bit of a mish-mash of comedy styles, but I see it more like a modern form of a `Carry On...' film.

It's light-hearted, it's bawdy, it's corny, it's basically a farce of a film and it never tries to take itself seriously. I almost expected Benny Hill to run on at any stage, followed by a small bald man having his head patted - it's that sort of level. However, if you're into that (and the great Benny Hill proves that that sort of humour has international appeal), you should enjoy it.

Seriously, it's also as clever as Wanda, poking fun at a large `News Corporation-style' company buying a British zoo and trying to use awful mass-marketing techniques to try and increase revenue. It's just a totally different form of humour. Fans of Monty Python will revel in (the much underused) Michael Palin's character and although Kevin Kline didn't deserve another Oscar for his performance, he was almost rivalling Cleese in his madcapness!

If you've seen and loved A Fish Called Wanda, don't judge Fierce Creatures too harshly. It was never meant to be a sequel, just some harmless fun with animals (and only the one bullet to the head).
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on 11 May 2012
I assume anyone who watched and (most probably) loved A FISH CALLED WANDA, wouldn't miss checking this reunion, no matter what the reviewers say. AFCW was just too good , thus any attempt to recapture the success and fun has to be checked.

That said, I ordered the set, knowing there was no consensus as to it's quality.

Unlike Fierce Creatures, With AFCW, I didn't have to decide what I thought about it. I just loved every bit of it from the first moment.

Although FC has the same leading cast, with many more fine actors and many cameos of other known British actors, and although a huge effort was put in building "...one of the largest and most ambitious sets ever created.." in Pinewood Studios (according to the productions note) - the movie has a stilted feel to it in many scenes.

It does have it's funny moments, but somehow it just fails to deliver.

Regarding the boxset - the picture and sound quality are very good , but apart from some production/actors/directors notes there are no extras.
No Behind the scenes / Featurettes / Commentary, which could certainly add a lot to the overall quality of the production, especially where such an unusual effort was made with all the Zoo set and the animals and the many appearances of well known actors, which overall could for sure spawn many interesting stories.

A missed opportunity but still worth watching once. (I don't consider it re-watchable as AFCW)

Subtitles in English,Dutch,Norwegian,Swedish and Danish.
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VINE VOICEon 3 December 2012
A Fish Called Wanda seemed to create a good team in Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese Michael Palin and Kevin Kline. Some viewers were a good deal more positive about the film than others.

Fierce Creatures is the follow up. It is set in a small zoo which is doing not much more than breaking even. The zoo appears to have been bought up as part of a job lot by a loud-mouthed Australian media magnate (who might that be!!) who is determined to close it down unless it can make real money.

Enter Kevin Kline the dim witted son who comes over to the UK to take charge. He is accompanied by Jamie Lee whose own job did not last the few minutes she was in the corporate headquarters. Willa (Wanda - get it?) falls for Jon Cleese who has just been appointed to run the zoo. Palin reprises his Wanda role, supported by Ronnie Corbett and several other Brits.

Farce follows and a good time is had by all. Perhaps the film might be regarded as sillier than, but possibly funnier than, Wanda but there is not too much in it either way.

Well worth a family viewinig.
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on 29 September 2011
When a British zoo is acquired by an Australian tycoon (Kevin Kline), he insists on an increase in revenues up to 20% or he will close the zoo. The new manager (John Cleese) institutes a fierce creatures only policy meaning the soft and cuddly animals will have to go. Almost ten years after the sleeper success of A FISH CALLED WANDA, its four stars reunited for this black comedy (an accidental homicide is played for laughs) with similarities to WANDA but it can't be called a sequel but not only is it an entirely new storyline but the actors are all playing different characters. This film which was started by Robert Young and completed by Fred Schepisi is erratic in its laughs. When it hits its mark, it can be hysterically funny but alas, most of the humor is rather lame with the laughs few and far between. Not surprisingly, Cleese provides most of the humor and poor Kline (who won an Oscar for WANDA) is stuck with the lame bits. Of WANDA's other two stars, Jamie Lee Curtis has very little to do except provide eye candy and Michael Palin is wasted. The winsome score is by Jerry Goldsmith. With Robert Lindsay, Maria Aitken, Carey Lowell and Ronnie Corbett.

The Universal DVD from Great Britain (unlike the pan and scan U.S. DVD) is a nice anamorphic wide screen (2.35) print.
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on 14 February 2018
Dare I say it? It may not be a masterpiece from start to finish, but I‘d still clearly prefer this one to WANDA. Why? Well, in my opinion, there are a lot more hilarious scenes that made me laugh out loud. Come to think of it, almost nothing in AFCW inspired me to watch it again, apart from the brillant scene in which Cleese tries to gain information from the stuttering Palin.
So, FIERCE CREATURES— Even if it remains inferior to the general public, and even Cleese regrets making it, it deserves a whole lot more than that! The notion of zookeepers desperately trying to pass their respectively kept harmless animals as dangerous beasts is as great as Python ever were, and the cast delivers a joyous performance altogether. So come on, be fair to this unjustly overlooked, well— pocket gem, if you will.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 15 November 2011
"Fierce Creatures", the 1997 film of the John Cleese story, brings Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin and others back together again under the direction of Schepisi and Young and it is family entertainment for twelve years and over; the DVD at an equally silly price, makes it hours of entertainment at home.

As the DVD cover picture shows with its direct allusions to "A Fish Called Wanda", it brings together again the group which had made the first film so successul with a wide range of other equally talented actors.

The story is simple - a zoo is bought by a rich American, is re-vamped to pay its way in a difficult economic climate with a focus on the "fiercest" but unlikely creatures. Following so far? The confusions come thick and fast as the zoo staff rebels, the creatures don't respond and the Big Boss wants to see his new zoo.

It does not have the freshness of "A Fish" and some of the jokes are a little forced but it is fun nevertheless and the great list of actors works well to bring it alive. Not a classic, but enjoyable and, at this price, who would complain?

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on 28 October 2017
It's so good to watch Fierce Creatures in Widescreen. Now I'm able to see the picture a lot better. Watching it in Full Screen is so S and C (Snooze and Cruise) and I often miss out on what's going on.
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on 23 December 2007
"Fierce Creatures" was marketed as a somewhat adventurous endeavour in teaming up much of the old team from the highly acclaimed "A Fish called Wanda" to do another film that was completely different and had nothing the same, except much of the cast.

Does this have the same sparkle? The short answer is no, but it is still good viewing. It tells the story of a highly greedy and successful business magnate, Rod McCain (Kevin Kline) who has just taken over a zoo in England. However, business regulations require that the zoo return 20% of revenue or it will be shut down. Put in charge is Rollo Lee (John Cleese), who is then somewhat overthrown by new recruit Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis) and McCain's 'idiot' son Vince (also Kline). Essentially the film deals with the three of the new directors and their different schemes for making money and raising the revenue to 20%, but with plenty of sexual tension and comedies of error along the way.
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on 2 December 2017
Awful - I couldn't bear to watch more than a third of the film - an infinite disappointment after the wonder of comedy which is A Fish Called Wanda.
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