Growing up in my household, there was only one comedic troop that we practically worshipped. And that was Monty Python. I remember my first meeting with the hilarity was when I accidentally walked in on my parents watching it after camping outside and became entranced ever since Terry Jones waved his bearded penis as the dumb religious man angry at Brian for breaking his vow. After that, it was all a snowball of films, sketches and hilarious songs filed with satirical humour, intelligent slapstick and great surreal moments. It even included departing into the solo efforts of the team which included the likes of 12 Monkeys, The Wind and The Willows and the excellent A Fish Called Wanda. But leaping off from that last one, the team of Monty Python-ers John Cleese and Michael Plain with A Fish Called Wanda cast Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis return for the ferocious Fierce Creatures. A family favourite that has been re- released on Blu-Ray today.
At times, this film struggles to find some genuine tones and definitely fails to grasp the innovative comedy from the initial A Fish Called Wanda which many, many understandably compared it to. That being said, when you place Fierce Creatures in its own cage it will roar with its own individuality and greatness. Though it is paced a little weirdly and at times, its extremely confused, this is its own farcical outing with enough British hilarity and American stars to make it incredibly an above average film which tickles even to this day.
It’s not a gifted film nor is it smartly done, but it does make a chomping great family (ish) film that works because of its collection of stars and talents. Not only does the final third leap this film into brilliance and enhances the somewhat lacklustre first half, the crazy collection of zoo keeper weirdoes (including a stellar turn by Michael Palin as the strange spider-handler “Bugsy”) and knowing that it is there to entertain rather than drolly comment (though one could argue that the element of corporations taking over small business is stressed here) - Fierce Creatures is whimsical film that will definitely please.
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Fierce Creatures is out on Blu-Ray now.