Today we’re talking about the 1955 film The Court Jester.
The story is quite clever and a lot of the humour is based on it being an amalgam of all the constant Robin Hood remakes; something that hasn’t changed much since this movie came out.
The romance is acceptable but contrived and the pacing is a little off in many places.
Most of the characters are well done. The stereotype use of Little People with ridiculously high voices is annoying, but very much a product of its time.
Despite having a woman who is supposed to be a fighter, Jean is pretty useless in the final fight.
I would have liked to see more than a few seconds at the end dedicated to the princess and Griswold’s love story.
And I’ll be honest, I’m still bitter about poor Fergus. He deserved more.
Both the language and the delivery of this movie is amazing. “Get it, Got it, Good” is a staple in our house.
The Jester’s monologue song The Maladjusted Jester, along with all the wordplay, cement this as one of the cleverest movies of it’s type.
Visuals and Music
The movie is simple and has some nice visuals, but nothing spectacular. It shows that it was a comedy and not given the budget of a bigger movie. That said, they use it quite well and the sets are nice, the fight scenes amazing, and the choreography fantastic.
I truly appreciate the use of colour in the clothing which was probably done more for the fact that it was a comedy, but is more authentic.
The film score is fun and interesting, but the songs are great.
I saw this movie with my wife on our second or third date. It’s been a staple in our house for nearly two decades. I love watching this and hearing her laugh.
The kids had a little harder a time sitting still, probably because the dialogue was more elevated and quick on top of the pacing issues I mentioned.
Despite this movie being dated, especially by it’s treatment of woman and Little People, it is extremely clever, witty, and downright hilarious. A classic of musical comedies and parodies.
Final Score: 4 Stars out of 5