Fierce Creatures

1997

Action / Comedy

32
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 53%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 20823

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Director

Cast

Jamie Lee Curtis as Willa Weston
Kevin Kline as Vince McCain / Rod McCain
Jack Davenport as Student Zoo Keeper
Carey Lowell as Cub Felines
1080p.BLU
1.43 GB
1920*1080
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 5 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by FilmBuff1994 6 / 10

A Stellar Cast, Lackluster Comedy,

Fierce Creatures is a decent movie with a poorly developed plot, albeit a terrific comedic cast. I would certainly be rating this film much lower if it was not for the undeniable chemistry and comic timing between Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin. It is a pleasure to see them all together again after their stellar work in A Fish Called Wanda, it is just a shame they could not have been given better material. Kline is certainly the breakout performance here, playing two characters, one of which I was not aware was him until the end of the movie, it is always a pleasure to watch this versatile performer.

The plot is entirely ineffective, following a group of people struggling to run a zoo. We see them trying to keep their business alive, but are never given a reason to truly care about these characters or their situation.

The characters themselves are very poorly developed, literally as two dimensional as comedy film characters can get. We learn extremely little about everyone bar Vince, they are never given anything such as a distinguishable trait to make them more interesting.

Could have been gold, but it falls flat. As much as it is a pleasure to see these four on screen once again, Fierce Creatures is a let down for fans of both Monty Python and A Fish Called Wanda, if you see it on television it is worth a watch, but do not go out of your way to see it.

A self centred director takes over a zoo, much to the staffs dismay.

Best Performance: Kevin Kline

Reviewed by studioAT 1 / 10

Basil Fawlty runs a zoo

This film is an obvious cash in on the success of 'A Fish Named Wanda', using many of the same actors, playing very similar roles.

Lightning however rarely strikes twice, and this is a film that never moves from being 'sort of funny' to 'actually funny'. Cleese seems, as he always has, incapable of playing a role that isn't Basil Fawlty, so now we get Basil Fawlty running a zoo. How funny. Not.

Depressingly, there's actually some very funny people in this film (Kevin Kline, Robert Lindsay, Ronnie Corbett) but they are either not supported by the script, or given very little to do.

Even Cleese himself said that this film was a mistake. How right he truly is.

Reviewed by Parker Lewis 6 / 10

"It's not a sequel, it's an equal"

I and so many others loved A Fish Called Wanda, and the question was whether there would be A Fish Called Wanda 2, as the whole world wanted to see Cleese, Kline, Curtis and Palin reunite because of their fantastic chemistry. I read that John Cleese was hoping a "sequel" would be along the tradition of the Carry On movies where the same troupe of cast members would be in a different setting but kind of the same comedic style. Maybe focus groups were conducted and the audience were kind of confused about the concept behind Fierce Creatures, so a genius make up with the line in the cinema trailer "It's not a sequel, it's an equal." Kind of neat if you know I mean.

The IMDb plot line for Fierce Creatures is: "Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors." Not sure if it's a coincidence, but Australian Fred Schepsi was brought in as the new director following initial test screenings, as the original director Robert Young was unavailable for reshoots. Also a new director of photography, Australian Ian Baker came on board, replacing the legendary Adrian Biddle, who had an impressive resume as director of photography.

Who knows, maybe one day Cleese, Kline, Curtis and Palin can reunite for a third film in the tradition of the Carry On movies. It's never too late when it comes to sequels, I mean equals.

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