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I like it, it's funny but ultimately, it's not very good....
on 12 June 2012
Yes, you do have to enjoy Leslie Nielson - and millions do - and I am one of them and whilst they're always funny and enjoyable, they do repeat quite obvious gags.
He (& the production team) do those very well, of course and Nielson's sense of comic timing spot-on. However, this parody on the James Bond's and Spies of the cinematic world is seldom original. The funniest bits tend to be the gags away from those obviously 'Spy' genre and there's much sending up of films such as Home Alone, Speed, Pulp Fiction, True Lies, Sister Act, Jurassic Park, In the Line of Duty and finally a classic 007 fight-out.
However, most of these are just too similar to the originals to be anything more than amusingly recognisable. I'm not saying that they're any better or worse than the Scary Movies send up's of horror flicks, but they could do better; mind you, I never thought I'd see the day Nielson takes the John Travolta role, grey hair in a ponytail, in the infamous dance with Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction.
As always, the Silver haired charmer gets the most unlikely of gorgeous ladies and as always these are great value as their ridiculousness are always so well spoofed up. As Dick Steele, (Agent WD40) Nielsen is suitably inept and takes the praise that others create around him, whilst he wreaks havoc. There's a great cameo from Ray Charles as a blind bus driver in the Speed sketch and Charles Durning contributes a large slice of humour as 'The Director', Steele's boss.
Leslie Nielsen, RIP - Spy Hard was not his finest film, not a bad one, but alas, not a very good one, which is down to the material, not the great man himself.