A Fish Called Wanda
Two American con-artists, Wanda Gershwitz and Otto West (Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline), thought that they come up with the perfect plan. Step One: Team up with British bad-guys, George Thomason and Ken Pile (Tom Georgeson and Michael Palin), and steel some diamonds from the London Diamond Exchange. Step Two: Double cross George, and secretly have him arrested by the police. Step Three: Retrieve the stolen diamond from George's hidey-hole, and then get away from England Scott Free.
Now I am sure that this sounds like a pretty straight forward plan, don't you agree? However, just prior to George getting arrested, he somehow manages to hide the diamonds in an unknown location, so when Wanda and Otto go and swipe this stolen loot - ooops - panic stations!
OK, so what can they do to rectify this situation, huh? Coerce stuttering Ken to tell them what George has done with their ill gotten gains? No. Not happening. He does not know where the diamonds are anyway. Plus he has his hands full at the moment, trying to kill off a witness who can identify George.
Well, what about that key George gets Ken to hide away for him then? Does that have any relevance at all? Nah! It's useless unless they know what it unlocks. Although Wanda does get her hands on it and hides it upon her person.
Oh! I know. What about George's legal council, Archie Leach (John Cleese)? Maybe Wanda can use her womanly ways to get him to find out where George has hidden the diamonds? Hmm. No. Afraid not. He's married. He's British. And he is not allowed to speak to Wanda because she is associated with George's case.
Nonetheless, you know what they say about a woman on the prowl, right? Therefore, on numerous occasions, Wanda charms her way into Archie's affections, and at each time, something strange, bad, and bizarre happens to them both. Strange; because both the barrister and the con-artist get closer and closer together. Bad; because Otto and Archie but heads - literally - causing friction and descent to all in sundry. And bizarre, because... oh... that's too damn difficult to explain!
Let me just say that what next transpires really kicks off when an apology leads to a parting of ways. As crooks turn on crooks - lawyers don't play by the books - a fish is mercilessly swallowed - and revenge is something that can never truly be followed.
Now in my own personal opinion, 'A Fish Called Wanda' is a film without any flaws in it what so ever. OK, so maybe one flaw. The whole love-story scenario between the characters played by John and Jamie did come across a mite sparse in the execution. But apart from that - pow - perfectamundo mon cap-i-tan.
Do I have to say any more than that? Huh? Overall 'A Fish Called Wanda' is a classic slice of British cinema, and is up there with all of the other great Python related comedies (click here for the Python section). My own favorite section of this film is the last twenty minutes or so, because I felt that the overall piece shifted gear, and delivered in providing a great conclusion to a great film. Also, all of the scenes where people moved were very good too. Wouldn't you agree John?
Fair enough. Now piss off.
THE RATING: A