Brendan Fraser, the loveable guy from such films as George of the Jungle and The Mummy, and Elizabeth Hurley, the luscious woman from Austin Powers, team up to bring Bedazzled to the big screen. The movie wants to burn up the screen but instead just manages to microwave it.
It is not that Bedazzled isn't funny - it is - it just isn't funny enough. Where there are laughs there are stretches of quasi-funny material, and some of the best parts are shown in the previews. Luckily, there are enough surprises that are not shown in the previews to keep the movie going, but it never picks up steam the way it should.
I laughed quite a bit and I admit I was entertained throughout the film, but I wasn't laughing nearly as much as I expected to, as much as I should have. Let's take the Colombian drug lord segment, which everyone knows about. The part where he first realizes he can speak Spanish is hilarious, but it has already been shown in the previews. The rest of the scenario is funny, but only because Fraser is a drug lord. The movie relies too much on situational comedy than actual jokes, and that's where the movie lags.
What does save the movie is Fraser's great performance. He has great expressions and he also does a good job portraying a numerous amount of "characters." He's funny just because he's Brendan Fraser, and I had a kick watching him do what he does best. Elizabeth Hurley also does a good job, but her performance isn't rated on acting as much as it is on revealing outfits. Because that's all she is in the movie - even though she does do a good job - eye candy.
The ending is a little inconclusive, and a little disappointing. Not only does Bedazzled begin to look like a chick flick, but it also starts ignoring the comical aspects of the film. And when Fraser meets his new neighbor, it doesn't turn out as funny as the producers thought it would.
Bedazzled is a mildly entertaining comedy. It's worth seeing but not worth rushing out the door to catch it on opening night.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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