Saturday, April 30, 2016

1941 (1979)

IMDb plot summary: Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Starring Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, and Lorraine Gary.

Spielberg isn't known for his comedies, and... well, maybe there's a reason. 1941 is not very funny, and on top of that, it feels interminably long. (20 minutes in, I looked at the clock and realized I still had two hours to go of this, and I audibly groaned.) It's kind of a fun concept, but the characters are all obnoxious, the gags are predictable and not terribly well-delivered, and it's a little unsettling that one of the B plots involves attempted rape in what is otherwise a very lighthearted film. This is a misfire on just about every level.

1 star.

How it entered my Flickchart:
1941 < A Little Night Music
1941 < The Boss
1941 > The Net
1941 > Did You Hear About the Morgans?
1941 < Jumanji
1941 < The Lodger (2009)
1941 < An American in Paris
1941 < Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989)
1941 > Dragonball Evolution
1941 < For Your Consideration

Final spot: #1987 out of 2451.

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