Master of Disguise

November 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

Trying to cash in on the success of his Wayne’s World partner, Mike Myers? Dana Carvey, longtime graduate of the Saturday Night Live school of idiots, does nothing for his image (or his surprising amount of talent) in what’s essentially a kid’s movie.

The Sight & Sound

The wizardry embellishments, with nods to Harry Potter, come in flourishes throughout the story and sound great, as do the occasional riffs from old hits.

The Extras

Some effort has gone into putting together the DVD release, with Carvey in character introducing various featurette docos and deleted scenes. They give you the goss on how much work goes into a movie, but you’ll ask yourself where all the effort translates to — certainly not as quality on screen.

(And just once, wouldn’t we all love to see a DVD interview where someone says — when asked about a costar or crew member — ‘Nah, I wouldn’t want to work with that dickhead again.’)

During the commentary, Carvey (with director Perry Blake) thankfully shelves the idiot persona he always shows on camera and is genuinely quick witted and intelligent, giving you the impression he could be a ‘serious’ comedy actor of true merit if only he’d leave the puerile tomfoolery like this behind.

The Worth

A dead loss of a film, with enough extras to make it worth collecting if you’re a fan of either Carvey’s or the more recent low rent SNL morons like Rob Schneider

2 out of 5

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