There are several million film nerds on the Internet. I am one of them.
Genuinely odd duck of a film, and I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it. Feels partly like a parody of the horror genre and partly a parody of, well, Jim Jarmusch films.
Jarmusch’s usual gang of actors say Jarmuschy things with a slight wink at the audience to their Jarmuschness. The references to horror movies past are unsubtle, as are the political allegories (special shoutout to Steve Buscemi’s baseball cap) and the meta stuff seems to be a reference to the way horror films are made in a post-Scream world.
Even by Jarmusch standards, it’s strange. But still thoroughly enjoyable.
Steven Spielberg said that, in making this movie, he wanted to replicate the experience of getting your head stuck in a pinball machine while it was on tilt.
And you know what? He achieved exactly what he set out to do.
Loud, boisterous, and always funny, 1941 is from the everything but the kitchen sink school of comedy where bigger is always funnier, loudier is always better and the more chaos and destruction the bigger the laughs.
And, it works.…
This film is about as shameful as my List of Shame gets. As an Australian, and as a Peter Weir devotee, I shoulda seen this incredible film well before now. And yes, if more people like me had seen this film when it was released, we may have got the sequel that we deserve. So yes, it's a definite List of Shame film!
An incredible film - epic in scope and execution, fine performances all round and intelligent and well-crafted. Just magnificent.