Tuesday, April 20, 2010

365 Movies: Duck Soup Review

Duck Soup stars The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, and Raquel Torres in this 1933 comedy, directed by Leo McCarey. The film is about Rufus T. Firefly(Groucho), who is appointed leader of Freedonia, a very poor country. With him, is his trusty sidekick and secretary Lt. Bob Roland(Zeppo). Opposing his ideas are Ambassador Trentino of Sylvania(Calhern), who employs two men to spy on Firefly. One problem though, the two men go back and forth on the sides. Pinky(Harpo) and Chicolini(Chico) are irritating their leader, while playing both sides. It was hard to pick, which Marx Brothers' was my favorite but I've finally narrowed it down. Duck Soup is my favorite! I was laughing from the beginning of the movie to the very end. It was such a perfectly funny movie. I had seen this movie, once before but I absolutely detested it, when I saw it. I'm glad though, that I have this kind of 'policy', that if I didn't like it the first time, to give a second go, and see what the result is then. Most of the time, when I watch a movie, that I originally didn't like and then I watch again, I see just how great the movie is, with a second watching. This movie is absolutely thrilling and very possibly one of the funniest movies, I've ever seen in my life.

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1 comment:

Maggie said...

I had to watch this a couple of weeks ago for my films of the 30s class, and I hated it. I'm fine with clips of the Marx Brothers, but an entire movie, especially this one, was exhausting because there was not enough plot. But I did like Room Service, it seems to have a stronger backbone.