They don’t make them like they used to.
Airplane! Is one of those movies I’ve seen bits and pieces of but I’ve never sat down to watch the whole thing. Boy am I glad I did! There are very few jokes in this movie that don’t hit. It’s a simple but enjoyable story filled with slapstick humour that would probably not go down too well in this day and age.
The film spoofs other movies like Zero Hour (mostly), Jaws and Saturday Night Fever. Written and Directed by the Zucker Brothers (known for other comedies like The Naked Gun and Top Secret) as well as Jim Abrahams.
The comedic timing is the star in this film. Majority of the time, comedies don’t tend to go to heavily on the visuals, its the script and the actors delivering the lines.
I feel that the comedy in this movie stands the test of time while a lot of the visual comedy serves as a bit of a time capsule for things that were pretty standard in those days – you have to understand, this film is almost 40 years old.
There’s not much else I can say about this movie other than praise it. It’s a simple irreverent comedy that is great when you want to watch something without thinking too much. If you haven’t seen this 1980 film, I suggest you give this a go (in Australia and New Zealand, the film was released as ‘Flying High!’).
Airplane: Well Above Average