Whats up doc?!
Posted by Ana Lucia at 2:30 pm in Ana's Musings...

Its my Sunday 11:16 PM. I was sleep before and I slep a bit. But Just woke up. Bummer! Last working week!!!! Next Friday my handsome husband will be here with me!!!2images

This evening I watched one of my ever favorite movies: “Whats Up Doc?! (with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O´Neal.

Such a GREAT comedy! I love it! As I just adore so many 60s and 70s comedies. Like Barefoot in the Park, Pillow Talk, The Party….. As I love the old TV series like Mary Tyler Moore, Batman, Get Smart, Bewitched, I dream of Jeannie and That Girl.

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Here´s a good review about “What´s Up Doc”:

” What’s Up, Doc? (1972) ****1/2

Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

 i7magesWhat’s Up, Doc? (from this point on I am going to leave out the punctuation so that I can avoid Microsoft Word’s red and green squiggly lines) most likely works just fine on its own. After all, it’s action packed and very funny. What makes this movie wonderful, though, is the fact that it’s paying homage to some of the great screwball comedies from the classic years of Hollywood. What’s Up Doc not only pays respect to them, but it actually merits being seen alongside them as one of the greatest screwball comedies in film history. It’s actually better than some of the films it was obviously influenced by. My favorite screwball comedies of all time are probably The Thin Man and Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (that is if I don’t include the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup, which I don’t). What’s Up Doc is now probably my third favorite screwball comedy.i8mages

It bumps 1938’s Bringing Up Baby to number four, which is ironic since What’s Up Doc pulls inspiration and plot elements from that film more than any other I noticed. I also gave Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby four and a half stars, and the problems I had with it are the exact same problems I had with What’s Up Doc. Despite the fact that both films are uneven in quality, What’s Up Doc is better than Bringing Up Baby when comparing the high points of the two films.im6ages

Four identical luggage bags set the stage for the antics and mayhem that follow. Barbra Streisand plays Judy Maxwell, a seeming drifter who sets her sights on Dr. Howard Bannister, played by Ryan O’Neil (previously of Love Story fame). Howard’s bag contains rare rocks which he is using to test some bizarre hypothesis about music tones or something. His fiancée, Eunice Burns, played by Madeline Kahn in her film debut, is uptight and quite overbearing.ima9ges

Judy begins to make Bannister’s life miserable when she introduces herself at a pharmacy. It’s obvious from the very beginning that she’s toying with him, which we see when she sneaks an expensive radio onto the cashier’s counter for Howard to purchase. Judy’s bag, which is identical to Howard’s, contains underwear. A third identical bag shows up along with its owner, a rich older woman. Her bag contains jewelry. A fourth bag also comes into play—that one containing top secret files.imag2es

The rest of the film involves Judy making Howard’s life more difficult as the bags continually get switched. Eventually, everyone involved in the situation ends up part of a huge car chase sequence which results in a laugh out loud funny appearance before an annoyed judge, played by Liam Dunn.imag4es

I felt a bit frustrated during the first hour of the film. At first, Judy feels like quite the nuisance—possibly sociopathic. Therefore, her presence on screen made me a bit uncomfortable. Further, Streisand begins the role with this arrogant, sneaky smile on her face, which made me not like her at all at first.imagbes

Obviously trying to play his role similar to Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby, Ryan O’Neil gives a performance that in comparison to Grant’s can be described as pathetic at best. He’s mannered, stiff and irritating. Add Madeline Kahn’s grating character and you’ve got a first hour that wasn’t a great deal of fun.

Thankfully, there’s a second hour in What’s Up Doc which is both brilliant and hilarious. As I began to follow the AMAZING car chase sequence, I started feeling quite a lot of affection for both Judy and Howard, and Streisand’s performance won me over completely too. Even during the most over the top sequences, Streisand brings an exceptional comic timing mostly seen in one liners and facial expressions.

I personally love how Bogdanovich doesn’t hold the chaos back during the second hour of the film. I almost felt like the first hour stifled the anarchy that could really make What’s Up Doc special. The anarchy is let loose and then some all the way to the final scene on the plane where Streisand says Ryan O’Neil’s iconic line from Love Story, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” O’Neil responds with, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!”

That last scene on the plane shows images of Bugs Bunny cartoons, obviously connecting with the title of this film. In one sense, especially in the elaborate chase sequence, What’s Up Doc does seem to be paying respect to those great slapstick cartoons. Of course, Bogdanovich, who, along with Martin Scorcese is considered among the best film historians that are also directors, obviously knows about the sheer escapist entertainment of screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. It’s more Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby that are honored in What’s Up Doc than Bugs Bunny. Though, as I said at the beginning, one doesn’t need to know about screwball comedies to enjoy the laughs and the action within this movie. What’s Up Doc’s second hour is one of the most fun sequences I’ve seen in all film!”

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