Blazing Saddles Review

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Blazing Saddles, if you've seen it you wouldn't be reading this. If you haven't your missing an all time great. The Endless strings of gut busting gags, countless parodies and continuous pranks makes this movie one of the funniest. Some may say that it is one of the funniest of all time. The story involves the little town of Rock Ridge, a town where all the residents are named "Johnson". There is a plan for the railroad to go through the town and an evil politician Hedley Lamar (played by Harvey Kormen) wants all the local property for himself. The value of the land will skyrocket once the rail goes through.Hadley's evil gang of henchmen led by his lieutenant Taggart (Slim Pickens) may be the dumbest gang of guys to ever ...view middle of the document...

It's tough for such a pure comedy to truly be a good movie. It definitely hits the top of the charts for the humor category. The plot isn't all that great, and almost the entire sequence of events exists merely to set up more gags. Those gags are definitely done right and well enough to make the movie great even with a bad plot. The gags that are involved in the movie are down right hilarious. Blazing saddles is one of those movies that every time one watches it they notice something new and funny.It is very apparent that the movie was made in the 70's time period. The things that the movie goes through would be viewed as insulting and crude in standards of present time. The repetitive use of the word "nigger" I am sure works up all sorts of people. Some of the gags definitely wouldn't fly under some of today's screen rules. It's fairly easy to guess that Hollywood bigwigs that were parodied in the movie would not be so kind nowadays to let Mel Brooks insult them in the ways that he did. Don't get it confused, they are funnier then could be imagined, they just wouldn't fly nowadays. The movies acting was superb, Mel Brooks plays an incompetent, horney governor of the state whose only concern is chasing women around his office. He plays the perfect part for the view of a stupid corrupt governor. Harvey Korman (Hedley) plays his role wonderfully. His relentless torment of his lieutenant Taggert is great. Slim Pickens (Taggert) is by far the funniest character in the movie. He plays the idea of a strait moron beautifully; it's a safe bet to say that no one could have acted more incompetent.Greatest line of the movie: "Where the white women at?"

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