A Fish Called Wanda Review – Classic Cleese Comedy

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Four. Four times. That’s the amount of times I’ve tried to sit down and watch A Fish Called Wanda. Each time, for whatever reason, I’ve switched it off to watch something else or just do something different. Why exactly I couldn’t keep myself focused throughout this movie is beyond me; however, I finally managed to sit from start to finish and watch it all in its entirety.

With a script and starring role from John Cleese, you’d best believe I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m not sure why it took me so long to sit down and really focus on this one. Maybe it’s the very slow opening of the movie, it takes a good half hour to get to the best bits. The best of all of course comes from both John Cleese and Kevin Kline, along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin.

All four of these cast members give it their all and it’s one hell of a sight to behold. From the stuttering mess that is Palin’s hilarious performance to the villainous, Oscar winning Kline output that serves as the backbone of the movie.

I’ve always found it hard to review comedy movies, but with A Fish Called Wanda it seems even harder. So many of the best jokes and parts of the movie are based on the plot-centric pieces. One of the very best jokes in the entire movie can’t even be mentioned, genuinely because it spoils the entire ending of the movie. Be sure to sit and wait for it though.

The final (and probably most memorable) movie from Charles Chrichton, A Fish Called Wanda is a light-hearted romp supported heavily by the lovely cast throughout. With strong performances by the main four of the film, it’s a comedy packed to the brim with misfires. But for those few jokes it gets right, it’s truly worth sticking around.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
A Fish Called Wanda
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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