"Please don't call me by my real name, it destroys the reality I'm trying to create"
The concept of mistaken identity and someone bumbling his way to unexpected
results is certainly not new. However, this movie did a very good job
setting up and executing such a concept. Of course, this
coincidence-to-the-max sequence of events can only exist in movie, but it's
quite entertaining. Worth watching. A 7/10..
The Comedy of Errors, or nothing to do with Shakespeare, as interpreted by a Theater of the Absurd theater company
Jon Amiel's "The Man Who Knew Too Little" is one of the funniest movies
that keeps the viewer in a laughing state all the time. Mr. Amiel shows
an affinity to comedy as he takes us along for a fun ride into this
amusing movie. The film is based on the funny Robert Farrar book, who
also adapted the material for the screen.
This film is a sort of comedy of errors in which an innocent man is
drawn into an international conspiracy that he has no clue is going on
around him because his brother, in order to get him away from his
dinner party, decides to treat him to a performance of a play in which
the viewer is part of the show.
Little does Wally Ritchie realize what he has gotten into. That's the
basic premise for the film, which works well because Wally doesn't
suspect what he's involved in. So he goes along for the fun of it,
thinking nothing about the bad guys that are trying to get rid of him,
Bill Murray proves he is one of the best comedy actors working today.
The sequence involving Mr. Murray dancing with a Russian folk group at
the hotel where something terrible is set to occur is just pure
perfection. Mr. Murray is a likable actor and never makes himself
obnoxious in any situation. He is a delight to watch.
The rest of the cast is good. Peter Gallagher is Wally's brother.
Joanne Whalley makes a perfect femme fatale. Alfredo Molina has some
excellent moments as Boris, the butcher, the man who wants to eliminate
Wally out of the picture.
"The Man Who Knew Too Little" is a fun film to watch thanks to Jon