A Last Knockout Joke.
Segal directing this franchise starts to look like a mistake, as for the first time this franchise takes time to settle in among the audience. A price that David Zucker- the director of the previous installments- would never ask for. Nevertheless, with slapstick humor and witty satirical punch lines, the film goes right back on the track in its second act, soon after the lead couple splits up after a big fight. The marital conflicts and the humor that comes along with it, is pretty basic.
There isn’t much use of the frame as it were in previous films, it is busy in its made-up theories that at times aren’t funny. But if compared like such, the film would never be able to cope up with its predecessor. For an individual project, a parody mocking the drama with all its sincerity, is a work of pure passion. The writing is still silly enough to tickle you, but what comes in plethora, is the exact replica of the infamous dramatized sequence that is being laughed at.
Starting from the incredible intense sequence of Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables to tiny fables of Ridley Scott’s Thelma And Louise, it puts these films on trials to a point where you too start questioning them, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at them with that amount of sincerity. The performance is on the mark, with Leslie Nielsen hilariously portraying this iconic character for the last time. Also, this time the supporting cast too gets a lot of room to factor in, Priscilla Presley getting her own arc and Fred Ward squeezing in the most of his textbook antagonist job. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult may not seem like a finale at all, but then it isn’t an insult in whatsoever manner.