Directed by: Stephen Spielberg
Written by: Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale
A truly fantastic film that is far too often forgotten about. Stephen Spielberg has had such a successful career that a film like 1941 tends to get lost in the mix. This film is fast, funny, and star studded. The only problem is that this day in age the typical viewer would probably need a history lesson to really appreciate most of the humor in the film. The film plays off the fear and pandemonium that struck California following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In reality this wasn’t something that was very funny, but over 30 years later it was something everyone was ready to laugh at. This film has great roles performed by John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Slim Pickens, Christopher Lee, John Candy, and Tim Matheson. My personal favorite scene in the movie is when the Japanese force, made up of descendants of “ninja assassins,” invades the mainland and encounter the Slim Pickens character Hollis Wood. The Japanese look so goofy dressed as Christmas trees and Slim Pickens steals the scene.
Stephen Spielberg has been making hits for over 30 years now, he is still one of the greatest filmmakers in Hollywood. 1941 is a great movie and it’s really funny, but honestly it is low on the totem pole of many great Spielberg films. When you are great at what you do it isn’t hard to amass a career full of fantastic films. When your resume lists titles like Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Saving Private Ryan a comedy about a time period people are starting to forget just doesn’t measure up in the eyes of some. I still love the film and encourage anybody who has the opportunity to see it.
I had a tough and long week you guys. I’ll be honest, I fell asleep during this flick. However, this is what I will say about this film. It has all of the elements for a great comedy, Dan Akroyd, John Candy (I miss you), John Belushi, however this film’s comedy is outdated. By 2011 all of it has been seen before. It has it’s moments like the scene where the Japanese dress up like trees and try to blend into the scenery while Hollis Wood is trying to cut them down. I laugh every time at that scene. However, this movie goes on and on and on. I know this post is short, but like I said I fell asleep, that may say something about the movie, or my week…you decide. It is still worth seeing if you haven’t ever watched it before.