Director Mel Brooks makes a silent movie about a director named Mel making a silent movie. Your enjoyment pretty much depends on your devotion to the Brooks brand of humor. Brooks regulars Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise are on hand as his zany companions while the legendary Bernadette Peters plays the vamp and Sid Caesar is an ulcer-prone studio head. Tons of A-list seventies-era cameos like Burt Reynolds, James Caan and Liza Minnelli.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Mel gets his silent movie made and it is an enormous hit, possibly reviving the genre. In real life, the movie was a minor financial disappointment and did not spur a silent rebirth. Sigh.[/toggler]
(You can read my full-length review here.)
If it were a dessert it would be:
Cheat’s Chocolate Fudge. It tries to capture the feel of the original. Doesn’t really succeed but is tasty enough.