Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Director: Leo McCarey
Running Time: 68 mins
Duck Soup is an American film about a rather buffoonish man, Rufus T. Firefly, who is named as leader of Freedonia, who declares war on neighbouring Sylvania to bring down a love rival.
This film was surprisingly very funny. Luckily, there wasn’t too much satire to make it completely dated and unfunny, the majority was lots of good slapstick and idiotic humour, making it very entertaining to watch.
This is basically like watching an episode of Tom & Jerry. Maybe a little more political, but the nature of the comedy and atmosphere was relatively light, making it indeed a pleasurable watch.
The characters were all very funny too. Usually quite artificial, such as Firefly, or idiotic, such as the man who blows horns to signal his emotions, just like a clown, there wasn’t too much reading in to do, so the simple nature allowed you to really enjoy the ridiculous comedy.
The only downside to this film was that it did have the odd scene that really did go on too long (even the classic mirror scene got a little dull eventually), but nonetheless, this film is short and sharp, and overall very entertaining to watch, so that’s why it gets a 7.9.