Anarchy

film 7 of 8

The Bellboy

Tweet Review by Dean Duncan Jul 18, 2015 @deanduncan63

Saw Jerry Lewis’s 1st feature as director, #TheBellboy. At 1st glance this might seem like some sort of newly beheaded chicken …

… scurrying & spurting all over the place, anything-for-a-laugh, never quite settling on a story, an idea, or coherent character trajectory …

… Look again: its nature & objectives are those of the gag comedy, maybe even the cartoon. (Cf. Lewis’ mentor/often-director, Frank Tashlin) …

… The jokes are the whole point, and they are actually conceived, executed & distributed w’ impressive sharpness, balance & consistency.

By adhering to the structure & methods of gag comedy, #TheBellboy¬†ends up w’ any number of story, idea & character coherencies anyway.