'The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee' Review

'The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee' Review
An Extremely Unfunny Meta Satire

Rating: ½

In 1986, 'Crocodile Dundee' was released to the world. The movie was highly popular, spawning two sequels and being quoted countless amount of times. Now, 'Dundee' star Paul Hogan has satirized his public persona and character from the series that made him famous in the Amazon Prime Video-distributed 'The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee'.
The movie follows the 80-year-old actor as he is reluctantly thrust back into the spotlight as he desperately attempts to restore his sullied reputation on the eve of being knighted.

There have been meta films like 'Mr. Dundee' before that poke fun at the real-life actors. 'This Is The End' is one of the few movies in this niche subgenre. But what separates this movie from 'This Is The End' is that the 2013 dark comedy has a solid direction, enjoyable performances, hilarious jokes and a well-written screenplay. This movie doesn't have such luxury. Instead, it wastes its talented supporting cast, consisting of Chevy Chase, John Cleese and Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, by reducing their roles down to minor cameos as well as using tiresome and cliched jokes to push the near non-existent story from one scene to the next with actors, delivering poor and embarrassing performances across the board, spouting dull dialogue.

Misguided, uninspired and seemingly directionless, 'The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee' is one of the least funny comedies in quite some time. It barely even functions as a film; forgetting the fundamental elements that make movies good. With an atrocious screenplay, laughable production design and horrendous acting, this comedy tries so hard to be self-aware, that it ironically lacks the self-awareness to realise how bad it is. The biggest crime a comedy can commit is not being funny, and this 2020 satire is guilty as charged.