A Fish Called Wanda (1988)


A jewel heist film, with a fish’s title.

A crooked foursome commits the heist of the century and is about to getaway … until the London police arrest one of them. Can the three on the lam (Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline) persuade their comrade’s lawyer (John Cleese) to reveal the stolen loot’s location?

This film is a real treat and it looks like it has fun with both the British and the American, and both blending them together. The jokes are very bold much like John Cleeses’ own Monty Python some that will stick and some that will not.

This is some of the best comedy on paper. Some movies just make you chuckle every once and awhile but this film surely did make me laugh. The two style comedies of regular American and British humor are blended together so well, and fully make this a wonderful watch. There are scenes that come together and can just seem so ironic but instead show up as hilarious in the execution of the story that is told.

This is some high quality story-telling. What this film could’ve done was have a bogus story and forget about it and just put the comedy in but instead they go the other way and create a great story mixed in with some A quality jokes. It’s not just the jokes themselves that are funny it’s timing and how each joke fits in well with each scene, and creates either an ironic or just simply funny joke.

The characters that are created are simply great. They are very inspired but also very zany and goofy and we see how each character tries to get themselves out of each situation so slickly and its cool to see their reactions. Kevin Klines steals almost every scenes he is in and creates a very vain but hilarious character. Along with Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, and Micheal Palin who all do great and don’t get taken down by Kline’s simply amazing performance.

The only problem I had with the film was the numerous jokes made towards Palin’s character and his stuttering. I felt like the jokes made towards him were for more of a controversial laugh but I didn’t laugh because I felt it was a little too offensive and in bad taste.

Consensus: A Fish Called Wanda is hilarious, with an inspired plot and characters, that feature some great performances, that till the end will keep you laughing.

9.5/10=Full Pricee!!!

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