Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cinema Cycle - Mrs. Doubtfire


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
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DATE REVIEWED: 02/22/2017


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hour 9 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 27.5 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 6304.2 miles

SYNOPSIS: A separated father disguises himself as a female housekeeper to continue to have contact with his children.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Manic comedy at its best and the last of the separation / divorce films that Hollywood cranked out from the 1980s through the late 1990s.

PROS AND CONS:  I had seen this once before a long time ago.  I recall it as being good and it still stands the test of time.  This is an “A” list Hollywood film, with top notch direction, writing, acting, cinematography and scoring, etc.  

That said, what held true on the first showing still stands now.  This is a Robin Williams vehicle and the film would not be half as entertaining without him in it.  The rest of the cast (with the exception of Harvey Fierstein) are just window dressing for Williams performance.

One of the underlying themes behind all the comedy is the obsession that William’s character has for his kids.  So while he is funny, he starts to border on manic / crazy regarding the drives that are making him do what he does in the film.  In the end, that makes the film just a weee bit creepy.


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.