A Fish Called Wanda ★★★★½

Cast, script and direction all just seem to reach perfection in this film. It also mixes and matches British and American humour perfectly, without resorting to cheap, crass, done to death comedy.

This is, for all intents and purposes, Cleese's film. He wrote the story, co wrote the screenplay and plays the lead. Cleese has great understanding of comedy. He is one of the few who is naturally funny, with perfect timing. Here he shows he isn't a bad actor either as he manages to not only be funny, but he also gives his character the necessary humanity we need to identify with him.

The comedy here comes from a wonderful plot, filled with fantastic characters. Of course Kevin Kline is absolutely fantastic, with perfect delivery of his lines and superb mimicry, but he's not my favourite. It's Palin. He is cringeworthy hilarious here, I simply cannot get enough of his failed assassination attempts and his neurotic behaviour.

This is a delightful, fun and funny film with heart in which all elements seem to allign perfectly.

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