Title: The Producers (2005)
Director: Susan Stroman
Synopsis: We first see Broadway Producer Max Bialystock after he produces a flop. The next day accountant Leo Bloom arrives to go over Max’s financial books. After Leo states that producing a flop could potentially bring in more income than a hit Max devises a plan to do just that. This film follows the steps it takes to “produce a sure fire flop”.
Review: The Producers is by far one of the funniest comedic musicals I’ve come across. I’ve now seen not only the original Mel Brooks version of 1967, which was much less musical, but this more updated version. I especially liked how they paid homage to the Broadway play. The cast for the film starred the Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock and Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom, both of which had starred on Broadway in the same roles on stage. Nathan Lane has always been one of my favorite comedic actors, although it was hard for me to imagine him in a “player” type role. I will always see him as the melodramatic drag queen in The Birdcage. The whole cast for the movie was so talented. Will Ferrell’s role was a former Natzi who has found a love for playwriting. Although you would put the words funny and Natzi in the same sentence, that is just what his character is. This movie will give you a fit of giggles and will keep songs like “Springtime for Hitler” and “Keep it Gay” stuck in your head for days to come. I fully recommend this movie despite the fact that it is a musical and I know that only a handful of people actually enjoy these types of films. Don’t let the fact that it is a musical discourage you, give it a chance and you will be pleasantly surprised.