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Blind Spot 2012 Review: Blazing Saddles

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Posted March 28, 2012 by in Comedy

Rating

Plot
70%


Acting
85%


Directing
80%


Cinematography
85%


Costume
85%


Musical Score
80%


Total Score
81%

81/ 100

What We Thought

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What We Liked :

Acting solid across the board The ending sequence is fantastic
 

What We Disliked:

Standard Mel Brooks formula
 
Bottom Line

While I can’t say I loved Blazing Saddles as much as I would’ve hoped, there’s no denying it’s charm and place in the discussion of classic comedy features.

by Max
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Mel Brooks is famous for delivering memorable comedies that often break the fourth wall. Blazing Saddles is no exception to this rule as it absolutely shatters that wall to deliver one of the most comedic finales ever. While the rest of picture doesn’t live up to the classic status the film has received over the years, Blazing Saddles is capable of delivering laugh after laugh.

Blazing Saddles most notably satires the racism present in Hollywood created Western civilizations by having a black sheriff in an all white town. Cleavon Little stars in the film as Bart, a slave turned sheriff for the town of Rock Ridge. Behind the scenes there’s a mischievous enemy lurking in the background. Hedley “It’s not Edley” Lamarr can only taste the amount of money he can make if his railroad project goes right through Rock Ridge. He hopes with the introduction of Bart into the town, they will show their racist backgrounds and leave town.

For all that he’s been through, Bart comes across as a charmer. Always trying to please people and make the best impression, he’s disappointed when the town folk don’t take to him right away. He finds a friend in the drunken gunslinger, Jim “The Waco Kid” (Gene Wilder). Together with the inadvertent help of Hedley, they start to win over the town.

There’s many attempts to take Bart down. Whether it is the behemoth, Mongo or the beauty, Lili Von Shtupp all they do is increase the growing popularity of the new sheriff. Hedley must do something drastic if he ever hopes to get his railroad through town.

There’s no doubt that Blazing Saddles has Mel Brooks stamp on it through and through. He plays a similar part in Blazing Saddles that he did in Spaceballs and that’s not where the similarities end. It takes a certain kind of audience to appreciate his type of humor and for me it’s mostly hit or miss. While this will always be remembered for one of his stronger efforts, there’s just something missing to make it truly special. Maybe like most classic comedies, I’m looking at this from the wrong vantage point. There’s been similar movies to this that I’ve disliked the first time, but have grown to love (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the most pertinent).

Blazing Saddles leads up to an epic conclusion. Its amazing the kind of effect they make without too many special effects. Mel Brooks typically breaks the fourth wall in his films and with this finale he set the path for all over movies to emulate. While I can’t say I loved Blazing Saddles as much as I would’ve hoped, there’s no denying its charm and place in the discussion of classic comedy features.

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About the Author

Max

Chief Editor of Impassionedcinema. A film enthusiast who studies and creates his own films. Criticizing movies is his favorite pass-time.

17 Comments


  1.  

    I feel the same way about this movie. It definitely has its funny moments, but it didn't connect with me in the way it has for so many others. I did enjoy it more on my second viewing, however.




  2.  

    I like your new rating style, Max, very cool! I still haven't seen Blazing Saddles though my good friend like swears by it. I'll see it eventually, sounds like a fun one.




  3.  
    Jack Deth

    Hi, Max and company:

    'Blazing Saddles' had a lot of great sight gags. While the overall story could have stood a little work. It's one of those films that get better the more often you see it.

    Excellent cast. Especially Alex Karas and Harvey Korman.

    Interesting rating system, too.




    •  
      Max

      I thought Harvey Korman was really good in it. It's a same he didn't get that best supporting actor Oscar he publicly wishes for during the course of the film.




  4.  
    Amy

    Great review, Max. I haven't seen this in years and years, I really think it's time I give it another watch!




  5.  
    CS

    The film does go off the rails a bit more than the usual Mel Brooks film in the last act, but I still get a good laugh out of flick whenever I see it. Cleavon Little is what makes the film work for me, he is the only one who can really keep pace with Gene Wilder's hilarious performance.




    •  
      Max

      It's funny that you mention Cleavon Little. I enjoyed the way he liked to stroke his own ego. It was a lot of fun. Especially when he stayed overnight with the dancer!




  6.  

    I love the new look of the blog and how comprehensive your rating system is.

    As for the film, I can't say much because I have yet to see it. However, it's hard for me to see a Mel Brooks film with Gene Wilder as part of the cast being disappointing.

    This is going on my queue of films to watch. Good review!




    •  
      Max

      The rating system being that comprehensive comes with it's own challenges as well. I also think it's a great update though. Give it a watch I'm sure you'll find it enjoyable.




  7.  

    I also like the new rating system. I had thought about doing something like that myself, but I came to the conclusion that it would be hard to apply the same criteria to every single film. I haven't seen Blazing Saddles in years, I'd forgotten about Mongo! Candygram for Mongo!




    •  
      Max

      It is hard to apply that same criteria to all films. I'll try though. I have to find a default for films where the costumes don't matter too much.




  8.  

    The Blue Ray of this is fantastic. It looks like it just came out today. This is one of those movies that couldn’t get made today. If it did it would be met with a lot of protests.




    •  
      impsndcnma

      I really enjoyed this when I saw it last year. I\’m glad that it was featured in the latest When Movies Attack. It is one of the few movies that tackles the difficult topic of racism with a no holds barred attitude.





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