Wayne’s World turns 25 on February 14th.
Wow, I feel old.
Based off the Saturday Night Live skit of the same name, star and co-writer Mike Myers was able to turn a three-minute sketch into one of the funniest movies from the early 1990’s.
I think one of the qualities that makes this movie so appealing is that Wayne and Garth are so ordinary. They’re just two guys filming a TV show in a suburban basement. That’s it. It’s so simple, but it works. While some of the references are a bit dated, these characters are not. Anyone could do the same thing today with a video camera and a youtube account. If I could put a finger on what makes this movie funny, I would. I can’t explain it, but it is hilarious, absolutely brilliant and the screenplay has some of the funniest lines I’ve ever heard.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I think that the scene where they are singing Bohemian Rhapsody is in the car just so perfect.
If you have not seen this movie, I recommend that you see it immediately. I promise that you will laugh. It’s just that good.
Happy Friday and to all my readers, have a good weekend.
In the 1997, Mike Myers created one of the most unique and unforgettable characters ever to appear on the big screen: Austin Powers.
In Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery , Austin Powers ( Mike Myers) is internationally known as a spy in the 1960’s. When his nemesis, Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers) is frozen, Austin is frozen. Warmed up and woken up 30 years later, he finds that the world has changed. His former partner, Mrs. Kensington (Mimi Rogers) has long since retired. But her daughter, Vanessa (Elizabeth Hurley) has followed in the family business. Dr. Evil has also woken up and is eager to continue on where he left off. It’s up Austin and Vanessa to stop Dr. Evil once more.
This movie is the perfect send off of the just a little too serious James Bond movies of the 1960’s. While respecting the groundwork that the James Bond series created, Myers also delivers a perfectly timed pie in the face satire of the spy movies of the era. After 17 years, this movie still holds it’s own.
I recommend it.
Fairy tale male leads are often a certain type. Tall, dark, handsome, charming and maybe a little flawed, just to make him interesting. He is the one who not only rescues the princess, but also marries her. Their happily ever after and ride into the sunset is predictable from the word go.
Shrek (2001) smashed this stereotype, forever altering the way we see the male lead character in fairy tales.
Shrek (Mike Myers) is an ogre. He is rude, smelly, keeps to himself and not the image that a female would conjure up when she thinks of Prince Charming. Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) starts to encroach on Shrek’s swamp. Shrek makes a deal with Lord Farquaad to rescue his intended, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and bring her back to his kingdom. If Shrek agrees and bring bring the princess, he will be left in peace for the rest of his days. Traveling with Shrek is Donkey (Eddie Murphy), a talking ass who is part sarcasm, part performer and part wise old man.
Did Shrek break the mold for fairy tales? No. Did the story have the predictable, typical happy ending? Of course. But what this movie does brilliantly is to take the stereotypes of genre, flip it on the head and skewer in a way that is pure genius. The twist in this story (which I will not share, in case anyone has not seen this movie), certainly goes a long way in redeeming the standard ending.
Do I recommend this movie? Sure. Do I recommend the sequels? Let me put it this way. Outside of Star Wars, Star Trek and a handful of the most recent superhero movies, most movies that have multiple sequels begin to loose their steam after a while. The sequels that followed this movie are among the movie sequels that will never be as good as the first.
Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World, Party Time, Excellent……
In 1988, via Saturday Night Live, we were introduced to Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), two guys who produced a local late night cable access show from Wayne’s basement.
Four years later, Wayne’s World, the movie premiered. Reprising and stretching their characters, Wayne and Garth are still producing their show in Wayne’s basement via the local access cable network. Wayne has been dating Cassandra (Tia Carrere) the front woman of an emerging rock band. When Cassandra’s band is offered a record contract, by Benjamin Oliver (Rob Lowe), Wayne begins to suspect that he has ulterior motives.
This movie is incredibly funny and quotable. There is a reason why Wayne’s World is one of the best SNL skits in the show’s 30+ years on the air. I recommend this movie