Mel Brooks films never get old.
Mel Brooks’s take on Hollywood Westerns follows the tortured trail of freed slave Bart, who’s elected sheriff of the racist town of Rock Ridge. He must foil a land-grabbing governor (Brooks) with help from a washed-up, pot-smoking gunslinger (Gene Wilder).
Let me just start off to say that this is what comedies, I don’t care modern or old, comedy in general should be. Everything that has to do with this film, for some may seem too dumb, but for me was just way too funny.
The film is basically a parody of the western film genre. And it’s not one of those parodies where they basically just try to be like the other film, and make fun of it, no, this film is making fun of certain elements with adding in their own little touches as well.
The jokes in this film come in very fast, and sometimes the irony isn’t brought up in these jokes and you sort of have to think about the jokes. The comedy of this film goes from slapstick, to dialogue-humor, to absurd humor, and a little bit of lewd crude humor. Many jokes will just pass you by or you won’t get, or the jokes you will understand and make you laugh your ass off.
Blazing Saddles is actually pretty smart in it’s message with such a daring look at racism in Hollywood. The black protagonist is called the “n” word several times to his face,, but shakes it off as nothing has happened, and many of his lines are just so stereotypical and funny that you just forget the message, but soon realize this is all true.
The only problem I had with this film was that by the end of the film the comedy started to dry off a little bit and get kind of stale. Many humor in the beginning of this film was pretty straight laced comedy, then by the end it started getting dry and trying way too hard to get some laughs out.
Consensus: Blazing Saddles is a classic, that is funny in all ways, that is amazingly witty and can be watched over and over again.