Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]

Warner Bros.
Directed by Mel Brooks
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros.)

A corrupt attorney general plans to buy cheap land in a dusty western town when the railroad announces it will be coming through. He sends an inept gang of western stereotypes to scare the townspeople away, but instead they demand that the governor, who is in on the deal with the attorney general, send a sheriff to protect them. He sends convict Cleavon Little, a black man, who is met with incredulity and threats. However, with the help of alcoholic gunslinger Gene Wilder, he surprises everyone with his ingenuity in fighting for the town. Satiric western throws in every gag imaginable, including some interesting fourth wall theatrics, but its crude humor too often resorts to racism and sexism. As a result, it hasn't aged well and makes for an uncomfortable viewing experience for most modern audiences.

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