Beautifully unhinged and endlessly funny, Airplane! Is one of the best comedies you will ever see
I can’t believe that I had only just heard of Airplane!. I’ve heard a lot about it, and a lot of what I’ve heard has been rabid praise. It’s fair to say that my expectations for Airplane! were rather high, but I am really pleased to report that I wasn’t let down. In fact, I relished every single frame of it.
Airplane! is truly fantastic. It is relentless in delivering gag after gag from the very start of the movie until the end. It really is a sheer delight to behold a film as funny as this. I was born long after the film was originally released, and it’s a testament to just how good Airplane! is that, even after thirty years, the film is still laugh-your-arse-off funny.
Directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, Airplane! famously casted actors such as Leslie Nielsen and Robert Stack who had, up to that time, never dabbled too heavily in comedy. Several actors, including Nielson, were cast to spoof their established images as no-nonsense tough-guy characters, and it must be said that this has worked a charm – Nielson is one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of the entire film.
The funniest scene has to be the flashback bar scene. Here we watch two suspiciously burly women engage in a comically drawn out fight, which then results in a disco parody of Saturday-night fever, with Ted Striker (Robert Hays) trying to impress Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) with his gravity-defying dance moves.
Being a young person, I’m quite sure that the vast majority of the people I know have not seen (or even heard of) Airplane! – and that’s a real shame. Airplane! really is deserving of its stellar reputation. I implore anybody who has even a vague interest in comedy (or laughing) to go see this film – it’s wonderful.