a Warner Bros executive board meeting it is decided that Daffy
Duck just isn't popular enough with today's kids and he is
promptly fired. Living the studio he bumps into a recently-dismissed
stuntman called Bobby Delmont and together they embark on
a round-the-world adventure. Their mission? Find Bobby's father's
missing blue diamond... and stay one step ahead of Bugs and
the studio exec who are on their trail...
Tunes: Back in Action was
a bit of a surprise for me. I was expecting some hammy acting
and a dull storyline, but this movie is anything but dull.
Fraser (The Mummy) stars as the unlucky security guard
who want to make it big in Hollywood. He has the parental
background - his father is actor Damien Drake, better known
as the world's most famous movie spy. But, when his Damien
disappears, his son soon discovers that he is not just an
actor, he really is an undercover spy.
far the best inclusion in this movie is Timothy Dalton as
super spy Damien Drake. Dalton, to my mind, was the best James
Bond in the franchise and I always thought it was a shame
that he only made two films. Fraser and Jenna Elfman (as the
studio executive who originally gets Daffy fired) turn in
above average performances, which is a mercy because Steve
Martin (as the head of naff products company ACME) turns
in his worst performance of his career.
was never really a fan of Martin - comedy works best when
it's played subtly, not rammed down your throat at a hundred
miles an hour. And in this movie he is way over the top -
to be quite honest I was embarrassed for him. Imagine Rik
Mayall's character from The Young Ones. Now imagine
if Mayall was asked to ham up that performance by 100% and
you'll have a pretty good idea of how Martin tackles his role.
He acts badly, and in a movie where the other actors fit in
well, he sticks out like a sore thumb. Thankfully,
even this seriously bad acting can not drown a pretty good
are plenty of subtle jokes that adults will appreciate more
than the kids. Matthew Lillard (Shaggy in the live action
Scooby-Doo! movies) appears briefly, having a debate
in the Warner Bros canteen with the cartoon version of Scooby
and Shaggy about his acting in the movies. Our heroes also
discover an Area 51 style military base (called Area 52) which
houses, amongst other weird exhibits, a dalek, Roswell alien
and Robby the Robot.
Martin (close your eyes and stick your fingers in your ears
whenever he appears on screen) and you have yourself a pretty
funny kids movie that adults will enjoy. Did I mention how
truly awful Martin was?
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