THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE (12)
D: Dean Murphy
Transmission / Clock Sounds / Piccadilly / Salt Media & Entertainment (Nigel Odell & Dean Murphy)
Australia/US 🇦🇺🇺🇸 2020
W: Robert Mond & Dean Murphy
DP: Roger Lanser
Ed: Peter Carrodus & Robert Mond
Mus: John Foreman
Paul Hogan (himself), Rachael Carpani (Angie), Jacob Elordi (Chase), Chevy Chase (himself), John Cleese (himself), Olivia Newton-John (herself), Reginald VelJohnson (himself)
A meta sequel-of-sorts to Crocodile Dundee, with Paul Hogan and the assorted cast playing fictionalised versions of themselves to poke fun at the fickleness of celebrity media and the insincerity of Hollywood.
Of course, that description is giving this embarrassingly unfunny comedy too much credit, as it’s little more than a swansong for Paul Hogan’s fading star.
With his popularity beyond waning, Hogan is approached by studio executives about a sequel to the Crocodile Dundee movies with Will Smith playing his son. Hogan’s criticism to the idea has him branded a racist, and as he tries to protest his innocence with a knighthood from the Queen on the horizon, he finds himself in increasingly deeper hot water thanks to the celebrity-obsessed news networks.
I get the point that the film is trying to make about celebrity journalism, but it’s done in such a poor way that lacks any satire or wit.
As a fan of the original Crocodile Dundee, I really wanted to like this, but I felt it was an embarrassment for all involved, full of forced jokes with punchlines which drag out for way too long (which I imagine was on purpose).
Far from excellent.