Review Of Top 5 Mel Brooks Movies

Review Of Top 5 Mel Brooks Movies

Mar 17
Review Of Top 5 Mel Brooks Movies

When it comes to spoofs Mel Brooks is right at the top of the genre. The list of his parodies and farces is rich. His movies are absolute joy to watch and re-watch again and again. Before reviewing his top five, here’s an explanation about what a spoof is, in case you don’t already know.

Spoof is a cinematographic genre that makes parody of other genres, at times combining more than one imitated style in a single film. Shortly, spoofs are, humorous imitations of a particular film or genre with over-exaggerated characteristics.

Top 5 Mel Brooks Movies

  • Blazing Saddles

This is a powerful satire from 1974. Some consider it to be the best of Brooks’ films. The movie ranked number 6 on the 100 Years…100 Laughs list of American Film Institute and was nominated for three awards.

The year is 1874. A town where everybody’s name is Johnson is under demolition threat due to railroad works; a black sheriff is sent in to ‘solve the problem’.

The film jokes about and criticizes racism as well as the romanticized view of the Wild West. The setup is highly theatrical, which captures and re-emphases the grotesque points of its discussion.

Although now it is considered a classic comedy, it wasn’t highly welcomed by the critics when it just came out.

  • The Producers

This 1967 movie is Brooks’ directing debut. He also wrote it. It has won an Academy Award as Best Original Screenplay. Later it was chosen for preservation in The National Film Registry. At a certain stage Brooks remade the film as a Broadway Stage Musical.

Two crooked minded associates, one a failed Broadway producer and the other an accountant, come up with a scheme to pocket a wad of money when their next production will fail. They put up a show titled “Springtime for Hitler”, which against all odds turns out to be an enormous success.

This movie also didn’t have a good start and the only country that seemed to like it was Sweden; where it was actually called “Springtime for Hitler”.

  • Robin Hood: Men In Tights

This 1993 movie is mainly a parody on ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves‘, starring Kevin Costner; it makes sure to refer to how Costner had troubles producing a proper English accent.

There are a few clear nods to other Brooks’ films, like ‘Blazing Saddles’, ‘History of the World: Part1’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’. Brooks himself is also in the movie in a small role.

During the Crusades Robin Hood is captured and locked in a prison in Jerusalem. There he befriends an inmate who goes by the name Asneeze and who’s looking for his son Achoo. Asneeze helps Robin to escape. Robin then heads to England to sort things out at home and fight for his family’s land that’s been taken by the evil prince.

At a certain point Robin Hood pulls a copy of the script to verify that he indeed gets shot.

  • Silent Movie

This 1976 film is a clear parody on the silent movie genre. Ironically, the only word uttered is by a well-known mime Charlie ChaplinMarcel Marceau, who plays himself. The comedy in it is mainly a tribute to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, from the slapstick kind.

A down on his luck Hollywood director wants to make a silent movie, his first in forty years. Now he and his team need to recruit people to support the creation of the film.

This does sound like a close description of what might have happened during the actual making of ‘Silent Movie’. Indeed, in the end a card says ‘This was a true story’.

  • Spaceballs

In this 1987 cult classic Mel Brooks runs parody on Star Wars and other movies of that genre. He also stars in it. Although not being met well at the start, it has become the most popular of his movies.

When planet Spaceballs is nearly out of its air supply, its lousy president kidnaps the daughter of the neighboring planet’s king, thus hoping to retrieve more of the breathing source.

As in every Mel Brooks movie, each detail, each character bears parody and comical weight. He has said that he wanted to make this movie as close to the original (Star Wars) as only possible.