Monday, March 29, 2010

And don't call me Shirley

Hello I am the movie encyclopedia and if no one else will see it, I will.

It was only a matter of time before I reviewed this movie. But I figure with the death of Peter Graves not that long ago and with most of to all of the actors being between 50-85 now I might as well review it while SOME are still alive. Airplane is arguably one of the top five funniest films of all time. Even after countless viewings Airplane remains funny to this day, even IF some of the jokes are outdated. The delivery, the acting, the nonsensical plot, it all works well in this amazing comedy.

The plot of Airplane jumps around like crazy but is focused on one main story: Ted Stryker is an ex military pilot who was traumatized in an accident during the war and lost the love of his life Elaine. Elaine is a flight attendant and in an act of desperation Ted hops aboard the plane to try to win back Elaine. While on the plane the film shifts between flashbacks of Ted and Elaine, the antics going on the plane (patient transfer, flirting) and eventually the film picks up when the captain and the crew get food poisoning from bad food. Now it's up to Ted and Elaine to try and land the plane and save everyone's life. Sounds like it could pass for a serious drama right? Well that's just it. The film is very serious about itself and that's what makes it so funny. Everyone is SO deadpan or straightfaced whenever they say the stupidest things.

It's only helped by the great acting. Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielson and Peter Graves are just some of the big names in the film and they all are great. Leslie is classic now for the above quote and his deadpan is still trying to be imitated to this day. The late Peter Graves plays the captain of the airplane and my God...he and Nielson make the movie. I still say the line "Timmy do you like Gladiator Movies?" all the time. It's also in part thanks to the sharp and witty dialogue which is just brilliant throughout.

Overall Airplane! is a movie that EVERYONE must see because you WILL laugh and you WILL have fun watching it. See this NOW...or I will do this:


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