**1/2. Basically the same screenplay than ´The Cocoanuts´'s shot the year before. The Marx Brothers manage to prevent a crime from happening. Harpo is playing harp and uses the same gimmicks with his face and leg, Chico plays piano and Groucho tries to seduce a wealthy old woman and talks a lot. I liked it yes but I'm waiting for a lot more from these geniuses. Almost already forgotten.
Animal crackers es una de las primeras películAs de los Marx que hasta entonces se habian fogueado en Broadway con revistas como ésta. No es perfecta pero te ries y la ves con mucho gusto. A mi me gusta el número musical de bienvenida a la casa y a Groucho haciendo una paròdia de Eugene O’Neill. El resto es sabido: Harpo detrás de cualquier falda y Chico perfilando su papel. Margaret Dumont Ya está perfecta.
Perfect comedy escapism, it’s like saying hi to an old friend. I hope to have half the wit of a Marx brothers character, or to have the balls to be that snarky to a host. Quotable from start to finish, how can you not love the perfectly named and shape tongued Captain Spaulding?
No pude terminarla, no es que sea mala, es cuanto menos interesante, pero realmente no lo estaba disfrutando, aunque la historia tiene potencial y tengo curiosidad de como terminará, la verdad es que el humor me parece muy tedioso, no es para mi. 6/10 Películas con potencial que no son para mi.
It has all the faults of the very first sound films; stage actors still clearly acting for an audience, speaking loudly for everyone at the back; an inability to place the camera anywhere but right in front; and just overall pacing. We're still far from the coming expertise of Leo McCarey. There are a few moments of comedic genius, but they are few and far between, while most quips struggle to stand out.
I had a vague memory from watching Duck Soup that I didn't care for the Marx brothers, and turns out my memory is good. I enjoyed a total of one scene from this picture, and otherwise found it downright unpleasant. Comedy must have been different in the 30s...
Just because I don't love it, and it's always making me slightly wary as I type that out, doesn't mean that Animal Crackers shouldn't still be held up as a bit of a comedy classic. It just happens to pale in comparison to the better films starring The Marx Brothers, the films that would come along soon after this one.
Só podia ser rodado nos anos de disputa por qual seria a cara dos EUA após 1929. A que esse filme insinua foi a grande derrotada. O que perdemos na derrota pós-30? Subversão das relações de causalidade, inferências lógicas por homofonia, esgares gratuitos. Arrastada na lama por esse filme, desde então louva-se a polidez da impostura politicamente correta, tudo o que adormecido "abraço" final tripudia em si e em todos
Has several inspired moments whenever Groucho or Harpo are onscreen. The opening number is gleeful, as is all of Groucho's many putdowns, puns and witticisms. Harpo is a chaotic ball of slapstick energy and together with Chico they make a brillaint comedy team. Sadly, the filmmaking isn't up to their level, feeling stagey and uninspired while the story meanders to near tedium. But still absolutely worth it.