Analyze That

August 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

Many critics hated the reteaming of Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro, but they missed the point — it isn’t Shakespeare, just the comic collision of some of Hollywood’s best under the eye of one of comedy’s most intelligent directors.

The Sight & Sound

Adequate sight and sound for a drama and comedy-driven movie, although the picture falls to pieces at times during the extras.

The Extras

The usual cast and crew bios and trailer are joined by a garden-variety making of doco and a bizarre and seemingly useless interactive quiz that you take on a restaurant menu, with little apparent result or point.

The commentary by one-time Ghostbuster Harold Ramis (more recently the director and writer of Bedazzled and Groundhog Day).

It’s not the liveliest commentary, but Ramis is comfortable while he recounts information and trivia about the sets, location and histories of the actors in the film.

He chats about what kind of director he is, what kind of guy he is, and some of the philosophy that keeps Analyze That (regardless of whether you thought De Niro and Crystal had lost their chemistry) a cut above the usual moronic Hollywood aimed at sniggering 12 year olds.

The Worth

As good for fans of Ramis’ directorial work as it is for fans of the film, but an actors’ commentary wouldn’t have gone astray.

4 out of 5

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