What's Up Doc? [Blu-ray]
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What’s Up, Doc? joyously recaptures the bubbly style of 1930s screwball comedies – and firmly establishes Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal as a romantic duo uniquely endearing in screen history. Included are a daffy luggage mixup plot, dippy dialogue exchanges, a marvelous example of the art of hotel-room demolition and one of the funniest chase sequences ever, all over San Francisco. Dexterously written with a surefooted sense of the ridiculous by Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton, directed by Peter Bogdanovich with giddy affection and cast with awesomely hilarious players (including film-debuting Madeline Kahn), What’s Up, Doc? is no idle question. Among comedy movies, it’s the top.
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It's hard to believe a movie with this level of brightness and jolliness, but without caustic humor like characterized the Vietnam era, would have been made in 1972. It's truly timeless in that the humor doesn't reflect any particular social attitude or period, except for one derogatory statement about the government in a court scene near the end. Moreover, none of the comedy feels like it's trying to force a laugh on the audience. That's partly because Ryan O'Neal does such an excellent job as the main character whom you're following through the movie. His personality is very enjoyable.
When the comedy in a movie works, you can't explain why; you just know it WORKS. This movie is one of those. It is so natural and refreshing, and repeated viewings never lessen the hilarious impact of the comedy. There is also an excellent audiocommentary by Peter Bogdanovich which is very informative and interesting.
Additionally, What's Up, Doc? has my favorite car chase!!
Now, understand this: I love cognitive humor, which means slapstick is OK only if it fits in brilliantly with witty dialogue or plot twists.This movie delivers in a current-world situation. The writer/director studied all the great comedies before creating this one and mixed those lessons with some excellent acting and screenwriting. Madeline Kahn nearly destroyed her career, her portrayal of Eunice was so compelling that it almost type cast her forever. A few characters aren't the best actors, but the story line makes up for it.
If you like cognitive humor and want a good laugh, rent and enjoy.
Buck Henry's screenplay (only one line from the Newman-Benton first draft was retained) and Peter Bogdanovich's obvious love of the genre combined with a letter-perfect cast to create a can't-miss laughfest. And let us all be grateful that Bogdanovich introduced Hollywood to Madeleine Kahn, who delivers every line like she's on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She was an incredible talent and she is sorely missed.
You'll enjoy Bogdanovich's commentary track, too; he provides lots of details on how the movie came to be. And don't miss the hysterical outtake of Bogdanovich singing "As Time Goes By" to Ryan O'Neal.
If you know the film well, this Blu-Ray disc is the best this classic has ever looked and sounded. If you've never seen it, I won't spoil the fun for you. Just watch it and enjoy a truly great slapstick farce.