A fish called Wanda (1988)

Directed by Charles Crichton

Starring John Cleese, Jaime Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

I wanted to see this film based on my memory of how the film was perceived. I remembered the film as very well-liked and with good reviews.

The film circles around 4 people who stole some jewels and betrayed each other and now are trying to get the jewel. Otto and Wanda are part of the four people who stole the jewel, but they planned to set the others up so the could take the jewels themselves. What they did not plan was George Thompson who seemed to be the leader who moved the jewels from where they knew the jewel was and that sets Otto and Wanda scheming around to find it.

I have to say that the film has a clever script and some funny moments, but I expected it to be more funny or interesting. I could not get into the film or feel interested enough in the story. I saw it to the end because I don’t like talking about a film that I did not see to the end. The characters are by no means likable like other films were the con artist are the main characters. I think the last 30 minutes of the film got interesting because there was no way to know who would take the diamond.

The performances were the best part of the film. They all played their parts to perfection. Kevin Kline won an Oscar for his role and I think he is a good actor and gave a great and crazy performance. For me, Kevin’s performance was the one thing that kept me watching the movie.

I have read about the film and it has a lot of good reviews. I can’t put it down because like I said the script is clever and funny, but for me I just felt distant to what was going on in the film, I enjoyed Kline’s performance but the rest I can say the film had good moments.

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