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Fierce Creatures

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Fierce Creatures

Starring: Kevin Kline, John Cleese
Director: Fred Schepisi
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 97 Minutes
Release Date: January 1997
Genre: Comedy

*Also starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Carey Lowell

Review by David Wilcock
1½ stars out of 4

First, let me say (or rather John Cleese say) that this is not a sequel to the hit comedy A FISH CALLED WANDA. It is in fact an 'equal.' However, if he means that it has an equal amount of good jokes, then he is sadly mistaken. This film is nowhere near as funny as WANDA.

The 'plot' centres around a zoo in London. It has been taken over by an american company (the boss is played by Kevin Kline.) However, the company don't want fluffy animals, because these don't pull in the punters. Instead, he wants fierce creatures. He (the boss) also sends Jamie Lee Curtis and his son (Kevin Kline again) to monitor the progress of the zoo. What follows is a series of jokes centered around John Cleese (who plays the owner of the zoo) and the situations that arise when he is near animals. By the way, the plot about the fierce creatures disappears after 20 minutes.

Because this film had the same cast, with them playing virtually the same roles as in WANDA, I couldn't help comparing it with WANDA. And, compared to WANDA its nowhere near as funny, but even on its on, its not the comic epic I was expecting.

So, overall then, although there are a few laughs to be had, the film is dissappointing, and I can really only recommended it if you're a big fan of Cleese. Otherwise, wait for it on video.

Copyright 1997 David Wilcock

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