“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
All the Queen's Men (2001)
How bad is it? Interesting idea that goes nowhere leads to unfunny comedy. Should you see it? Only if you're a fan of someone in the cast.
Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard and Matt LeBlanc - that sounds like an interesting cast, to say the least. The plot is about trying to steal an Enigma machine by infiltrating Germany with men dressed as women. The number of plot holes that leads to is enormous. I think they tried to get laughs from LeBlanc acting ultra-masculine in drag (if they did, they failed), but this is a very English film and for reasons I don't understand, men in drag in England are considered funny and in America they're seen as tragic or criminal (let me be clear: that's in film only, not in real life). The film has some excellent footage from airplanes, which reminds one that this film had a budget a lot higher than most films I watch. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any flair - something a transvestite should have as well.