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Plot: Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 24 Jan 1997
The first thing that you have to understand about "Fierce Creatures" is that it isn't a sequel to "A Fish Called Wanda". Rather, it makes fun of the notion that things aren't good unless they make money. Specifically, John Cleese plays a zoo owner who thinks that violence draws big crowds and thus wants to get rid of all cute-cuddly animals. Kevin Kline plays a double role as a media mogul obviously based on Rupert Murdoch and the mogul's parasitic son, totally indifferent about animals; both characters will probably make your skin crawl.Most of the humor <more>
here involves things such as men getting caught with their pants down and Freudian slips. But no matter what happens, it comes out as a great movie, maybe better than "AFCW" the former was sort of silly, this one makes a political statement . Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin play the only two 100% respectable characters in the movie, but you gotta love the other stars' performances. Definitely one that I recommend.A vampire cop. Indeed!
The great team does it again: 1. John Cleese 2. Kevin Kline 3. Jamie Lee Curtis 4. Michael Palin They are excellent together with a lot of fun and excellent comedy for all the family. They cooperated in at least three movies that I'm aware of and all are very good. It is a pity they don't have anymore comedies together. In their last movie "Fierce creatures" they even laughed at the end of the movie about themselves. John Cleese remarks towards Jamie Lee Curtis "Wanda" like by mistake. In fact, it refers to their first movie together and that seems to be an <more>
unofficial good by remark. I do hope they will return with another director. Go and see them all.
"Fierce Creatures" is one of my favorite films. It might be because unlike probably many Americans I have seen a lot of English humor from childhood. It might be because I'm an environmentalist. It might be because I'm a Monty Python-fan. But this film, with finally an original plot line, an unlikely couple, a parody of modern multinational businesses and a lot of not-so-cliché animals really gets me. Yes, it is funny. And what's more, it happens to have a real message, unlike most of the supposedly hilarious Hollywood comedies. Not something like "be <more>
yourself" or "don't put work first", but a message about what we're doing to the environment, and what is our responsibility. In a way, this film is trying to do exactly what the zoo in the film is doing: using its form of communication not to satisfy cheap audience tastes though that might also work with the gags and the superb acting but to teach them a different way to relate to animals.
One of the funniest movies of all time (by jamminec)
...WAY funnier than "A Fish Called Wanda". I enjoy "Wanda", but "Fierce Creatures" should get the acclaim that earlier film does. It has a few weak moments of sentimentality, but they're quickly forgotten; nearly every scene is packed to bursting with witheringly literate putdowns and rejoinders, performances given just the right amount of push over the edge, and someone's best-laid schemes unraveling in hilariously improbable fashion. Kevin Kline oozes handsome, clueless yuppie smarm from every pore; John Cleese plays a <more>
take-charge-but-eventually-beleaguered Basil Fawlty variation with his usual timing mastery.A should-be comedy classic that doesn't get the praise it's due.
Not as good as Fish called Wanda, but I don't mind. (by muurahainen)
I can't understand why some people don't like this movie.. I personally think that it's very very very funny!! yes, not as funny as fish called Wanda, and you shouldn't expect it to be as funny, because then your expectations will be too high and you get disappointed. I think Michael Palins character should've been more central and get more attention and lines. To tell you the truth I expected to see more Palin and I got disappointed partly.. the plot however wasn't as well written as in Wanda, but as I said before you shouldn't expect it to be.. It's hard to <more>
get to the same level because Wanda is a absolutely fabulous movie. I laughed my head off watching this movie.. but not as off as in Wanda.
This movie breaks me up every time I see it; it is hilarious. One of my favorite films, released before this one, is A Fish Called Wanda. Fierce Creatures shares most of the same cast and is at least as funny. John Cleese is unsurpassed in his ability to deliver unbelievable lines with a straight face and then appear to be completely surprised by what he has just said. He is at the top of his form in this movie. Kevin Kline's part is not as good in this as in the earlier film, but he plays it to the hilt, especially as he has a double role. Jamie Lee Curtis is as sexy and funny in this <more>
one as in the first one, and Michael Palin is even better in this one than the earlier one. I am surprised to see Cary Lowell playing a small but good part, after seeing her with a major role in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. Even Maria Aitken, who was great as the wife in A Fish Called Wanda, has a small part in this film, which she plays well.The script for this movie is excellent. The situations in which Cleese finds himself remind me much of the great scenes he had in the British TV series Fawlty Towers, the first performances I recall seeing of Cleese. He is certainly one of the funniest movie or TV comedians I have ever seen. I will enjoy watching this film often.
This comedy is a lot of fun, if you are a fan of "A Fish Called Wanda". (by hu675)
When a old farting heartless corporate mogul Oscar-Winner:Kevin Kline takes over a failing Zoo. The mogul is hoping to make money out of it by hiring a new Zoo director John Clesse by making the animals fiercer under the supervision of a bright business woman Jamie Lee Curtis and the dumb mogul's son Played by Kline also . The new Zoo director has to deal with a resentful staff and other complications.Directed by Robert Young Splitting Heirs and Fred Schepisi Mr. Baseball, Roxanne, Six Digress of Separation made an uneven but entertaining fitfully comedy that doesn't quite <more>
pays off as it should but it is Kline's comedic dual performance comes off best. The sexual tension between Clesse and Curtis is quite funny also. The film was originally filmed in 1995 by Young and then largely re-filmed by Schepisi. Then they edited Young's and Schepisi's version together into one film. Clesse, Curtis, Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken and Cynthia Clesse. Which the six actors are in this film, also were together before in the instant classic comedy "A Fish Called Wanda". Panavision. ****/***** .
"Fierce Creatures" was marketed as a somewhat adventurous endeavour in teaming up much of the old team from the highly acclaimed "A Fish called Wanda" to do another film that was completely different and had nothing the same, except much of the cast.Does this have the same sparkle? The short answer is no, but it is still good viewing. It tells the story of a highly greedy and successful business magnate, Rod McCain Kevin Kline who has just taken over a zoo in England. However, business regulations require that the zoo return 20% of revenue or it will be shut down. Put in <more>
charge is Rollo Lee John Cleese , who is then somewhat overthrown by new recruit Willa Weston Jamie Lee Curtis and McCain's 'idiot' son Vince also Kline . Essentially the film deals with the three of the new directors and their different schemes for making money and raising the revenue to 20%, but with plenty of sexual tension and comedies of error along the way.It's a lot of fun, I think I've made that clear. It's by no means the best comedy put on film but it has a lot of the same laughs as a normal Cleese-written comedy; in some ways the character of Rollo Lee is very much like the character of Basil Fawlty. Kline is brilliantly hilarious as usual, he's the standout, while Curtis, Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay and Ronnie Corbett all give spirited performances. It's also nice for an Aussie to see Bille Brown making his big screen debut as the terrible right-hand man Neville.Overall, it's an above average piece of writing, directing and performing that gives you a laugh. Perfect for a night in. 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
Hilariously sinister return of top comic team (by Elswet)
Some critics have decided this film to be a "flop." Pardon me, but I thought a flop was a film which had lost money. This one made over 11 TIMES the estimated $3.6M budget at $40M, and it's rated at a 6.1 by IMDb users. How is that, on any grounds, a flop?All that not withstanding, this movie is extremely enjoyable, though it is a bit of an acquired taste. The wit found is for the delicate palette, for without appreciation of the quaint, one finds him/herself at a loss.This movie has a clever and unique script, a dark and twisted sense of humor, and the same quality of <more>
well-timed comedic performances as did "A Fish Called Wanda," making for a truly wonderful comedic experience.While I do like "A Fish Called Wanda" better, this attempt is still a beautiful example of cinematic comedy.It rates a 8.2/10 from...the Fiend :.