"1941" (1979) ***1/2 D: Steven Spielberg. C: Ned Beatty, Treat Williams, Dan Aykroyd, Nancy Allen, John Belushi.
I was 9 years old the first time I saw "1941." Recently I revisited the film, seeing it on the big screen for the first time in nearly 32 years and I must say that the label put on this film is undeserved.
It's days after Pearl Harbor and the city of Los Angeles is on edge as another Japanese attack is expected.
Spielberg threw in everything and the kitchen sink to make an insane, two-hour slapstick comedy that is hit and miss with more hits then misses. Structurally this film is all over the map but somehow keeps itself together.
Featuring an all-star cast where every character has an arc or moment that adds to the charm of the picture. Numerous memorable set pieces and visual effects fill this overflowing film that is so over-the-top at times that you can't help but enjoy it. Not to mention one of John William's finest scores.
It was indeed a mess of a movie but it certainly was entertaining.