Sunday, November 21, 2010

Duck Soup (1933)

Duck Soup (click here to add to your queue) should be right up my alley. It's satire, it's old, Groucho is an asshole. It's supposed to be a classic of early cinema, and I can see why a lot of people say that. Personally, it just didn't live up to the hype. I'm a bit of a film geek. When I hear a movie is supposed to be awesome or important from a historical point of view I jump up and down till my panties get all in a bunch. If I was there and living through the bullshit of depression times I'd probably have an entirely different opinion of how important this film is. I wasn't though. Despite the brilliance of Groucho's one-liners there wasn't much else that made me enjoy this movie.

I can't say this is a great movie as much as I want to. What I can say is that Groucho Marx is the undisputed king of one-liners. If these make you bust a gut, watch this movie. Here's a sample:

Say! You haven't stopped talking since we got here! You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.

Will you marry me? Do you have any money? Answer the second question first.

Notables from every country are gathered here in your honor. This is a gala day for you.
Well, a gal a day is enough for me. I don't think I could handle any more. 

I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you come home. 

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? I wanted to sample the Marx Brothers.

Is it artsy? No.

Best thing about the movie? One-liners.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? In a mood to talk too fast and be funnier than you are.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 stars.

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