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5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Comedy, April 8, 2004
This review is from: Bedazzled / Fox Selections [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Way, way too many comparisons to the original version of this film, which is a shame: BEDAZZLED stands wonderfully and beautifully on its own merits. Directed by comedic genius Harold Ramis, this is a fast-paced, well-crafted, highly imaginative, hilarious film. Heck, even my accountant laughs at this one, which is saying something.
Based on the tried and true Faustian theme of selling one's soul to the devil, BEDAZZLED introduces us to hapless Elliot Richards (Brendan Fraser), whose mediocre existence revolves around getting Alison, an attractive coworker (played by Frances O'Connor) to notice him, let alone go out with him. In desperation, Elliot offers to sell his soul to obtain Alison's affection, and the devil responds.
But this isn't just any ol' devil. This is a heart-palpitating, traffic stopping, bark at the moon Elizabeth Hurley, who makes a most lusty Lucifer, and who wears enough revealing outfits to pack a heart trauma center. Hurley's devil is seductive, playful, and of course delightfully wicked. She grants Elliot seven wishes to win over Alison, but she's ingenious enough to turn each optimistic wish into a disaster. For example: Elliot wishes to be a rich and powerful businessman, married to Alison; the devil grants his wish, only Elliot is a South American drug lord, hated by his wife and under siege from all sides. Each wish--no matter how carefully Elliot thinks he has covered all the bases--blows up in his face, to the blissful delight of the viewer.
What really impressed me was Fraser himself. Before seeing this film, I had placed the actor into the Stallone category of mutton heads, but Fraser very pleasantly surprised. His role required a wide range of diversity--from a blockheaded NBA superstar to an intellectual bestselling author--and Fraser not only pulls it off, he's incredibly funny in the process. He helps make BEDAZZLED absolutely bedazzling. . .along with Hurley's legs.
--D. Mikels
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Initial post: May 1, 2009 4:31:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2009 4:40:01 AM PDT
I do not think it stands well on its own merits. And in comparison with the original it is moronic and trite to boot.

Where the original has wit this one has crotch humor. Where the original has insight, this one has Hurley's legs.

Everything the writer did right with Groundhog Day he does wrong with Bedazzled. It is hard to believe it is the same writer or that he had any real understanding of the original work he was "re-visioning".

(Re-vision is a trade euphemism for replacing the strengths of an established great work with great special effects, big stars and a much worse script in service to the hope of making big money off the better work's reputation, the creator's ego or both. It is word frequently used by those who cannot tell the difference to justify their preference for the new piece of crap over the real thing.)

And the ending is hopelessly mangled and pointless.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2009 8:41:25 AM PDT
D. Mikels says:
Glad you liked it!

Can I give you a dose of Lighten Up? Most folks who have watched this film have no clue it is a "revision" off an original. And most don't care. I thought the original was very witty and clever, but the remake can definitely stand alone. It's sophomoric humor, not quantum physics. And besides, I'd rather look at Hurley's legs rather than Dudley's mug any day. . .
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