Monday, October 3, 2011


Pinocchio- 2002, Directed by Roberto Benigni, starring Roberto Benigni

He says-  A carved wooden puppet comes to life as a mischievous boy who can't resist temptation of any kind.  Benigni's interpretation of the beloved 1885 story by Carlo Collodi emerges as a test of one's tolerance for the bombastic comic actor.  This was a big hit in Italy...but then, so was Mussolini.  U.S.  version was cut to 100m, and dubbed with Breckin Meyer (as Benigni) and a host of stars (Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, Eddie Griffin, Cheech Marin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Regis Philbin, James Belushi, Topher Grace, David Suchet).  Italian title: The Adventures of Pinocchio.  1 and a half stars

I say-  This is the first time I've ever heard Maltin compare a movie to the likes of an evil dictator.  Not sure what he was thinking there.  I hated this one.  Sets were nice, but the dubbing was so bad, and watching a 50-something year old man running around as a 6 year old became a thorn in my side for a couple hours.  Screw this one.  1/2 star

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