Dave (1993) Reviews
Not to be confused with another US president related comedy called ‘The American President’ which was released in the same period. Personally, I enjoyed more ‘The American President’ but this one was not bad either. Basically, it is one of those typical comedy where a decent guy takes the place of a not so decent guy and everybody thinks he is awesome and much better than his predecessor against, of course, all expectations. It was rather entertaining but the whole idea was hardly original (one of the most famous examples is ‘Trading Places’ featuring a star-making performance by Eddie Murphy. I know… A good movie starring Eddie Murphy sounds rather surreal but it really did happen). Anyway, like I said before, they just followed the formula and, unfortunately, they didn’t add much anything to the whole thing. Ivan Reitman is a solid comedy director, he knows his thing, that’s for sure, but I wish they pushed even further into the black humor but it wasn’t meant to be, I’m afraid, and the whole thing remained too gentle for my taste. Kevin Kline did a decent job but I can’t say I’m fan of his, I don’t know, he usually gets on my nerves, especially when he is playing in a comedy. Above all, I really enjoyed Sigourney Weaver who was really good. She tends to get overlooked but she is actually a very good actress with a perfect comedic timing. To conclude, even though it is nothing really amazing, it remains a well made and entertaining comedy and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.
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