Airplane!

Watched: 15 September

I have no idea how many times I’ve seen Airplane! over the years, or its sequel, but I had it down as being one of those comedies that would always, always make me chuckle. I don’t know what has happened, but this time round the rampant, scattergun silliness created by Abrahams and the Zuckers raised a bunch of half-smiles but the belly laughs have sadly gone. Perhaps familiarity has lessened the blow of all those gags, or perhaps my sense of humour has changed drastically since I last watched it 15-20 years ago. Anyway, Lloyd Bridges is still the best thing about the film, and I can still appreciate how terrific an achievement it is to have gotten so many jokes into one movie (regardless of the number that actually work). (****)

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