1941

1941_movieYear: 1979

Synopsis: During the heightened state of panic following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a U-boat arrives off the coast of California, and surreally madcap quirkiness ensues in the initially unrelated chaos.

Pros:
• A very talented cast and relentless pacing help make up for the thin plot.
• There is a distinct attention to detail common in all of Spielberg’s work.
• Many sequences are incredibly elaborate, possibly featuring more stunts than many other Spielberg films.
• Overall fun to watch the madcap fervor.

Cons:
• Spielberg’s style can seem subtly at odds with madcap comedy.
• Eddie Deezen can be a bit grating.
• The plot and story is rather thin.
• Might be a bit overlong, considering the thin plot.
• Perhaps a bit less then the sum of its very many parts.

Discussion:
Spielberg is not known for directing comedies. Indeed, 1941 and Hook (1991) may be the only ones with his directorial credit, and Hook is similarly reviewed poorly. Being a relentless madcap comedy, 1941 is rather unique. It has all the visual and auditory elements one would expect from the director: detailed set pieces, talented actors, memorable musical score. All told, it is a surreal ride, and not necessarily because it was made to be that way. 1941 is a wonderful experiment of a film that seems made to be the cult classic it is today.


Rotten Tomatoes — 36%

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