hollow and safe if cracked open..
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a plot driven comedy about two hustlers striking their horns against each other to prove the superiority by pulling out an impossible con.
Such feature requires unbreakable chemistry that is bang on your bucks and it has got it right where at first it might raise questions but both the lead actors strikes in sync. The comic timing is off the charts by Martin but the surprising package is Caine and his range of accents who is a match for Martin. Each gags in here are essential and aren’t mere hoax that is pulled off to just reach the end point.
It is filled with few typical comic sketches but is slipped in so nicely that it doesn’t seem forced if anything, goes with the flow and makes sense in its own world. The writing is flat out hilarious and gripping with an overstretched view but is also justifying for the audience and feasible for the makers.
It falls flatly on face on technical aspects like background score, cinematography, sound department and editing although the camera work is decently handled with bright and shiny visuals and breezy and colorful locations that makes it pleasing to encounter.
As mentioned earlier, the performance is aptly acted out on the comic sequences but also gets few emotional touches right, like when Headly reveals about her character, Caine pours his soul into it.
Oz; the director, keeps it light and crispy and wisely doesn’t go cheesy or over chews its moments which is a trap that easily such genre gets dragged into. Gripping screenplay, hilarious references mentioned in conversations and Martin’s physical comic timing are the high points of the feature.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has enough meat to feed off the audience for its runtime but it still is hollow and safe if cracked open and explored in it.