A few weeks ago we featured the first film starringmissible leading ladyovers, Ms. Clytemnestra (Cary Elwes) and Goldie Hawn (anne Brogional). Now we bring you the second in the franchise, 50th Anniversary Corvette.
After her divorce from her husband (from former marine technician extraordinaire Richard Temple), Corin (and Ribble) settles aboard the new “Enchantress of the Month” for a vacation with her new gal pal Goldie (inda Dorrance). But little do they know that their idyllic destination is not exactly what they expected. During a routine check-in, the Enchantress is holed up inside her yacht preparing to stage a kidnapping scheme in order to get her share of the fortune that awaits her. When her nefarious plans are foiled by a group of seaman, she gets back to the big screen where she's caught up in the midst of a raging conflict between the federal agents and drug runners known as the crew of the Medusa.
What I love about this film is how it follows the formulaic formula that the whole franchise is built on. You have the classic island romance, the mystery and the suspense. What makes this movie work is how it successfully adapts those elements into a film that doesn't feel like it goes out of its way to be unique or try too hard. It just works. Which means it's easy to watch this movie over again.
The movie maintains its level of suspense throughout the entire movie. When it comes down to it, the ending isn't that exciting. But that doesn't mean the rest of the movie isn't exciting. In fact, much of the movie is devoted to great fights and shoot outs between the good guys and the bad guys.
What really makes 50th Anniversary Corvette an excellent comedy gem is how committed the writers are to maintaining the level of humor throughout the entire movie. There are times when the writers will cut out entire sequences that are funny because they want to draw in the younger viewers. That sense of humor shines through and really makes the movie a fun time for everyone. Even the youngest viewers who aren't that old find this movie funny. It's directed by Steven Soderbergh, who directed some of his best films.
It's a perfect example of a movie coming out of the era that Hollywood was in at that time. This movie offers up an entertaining and charming watch. It's not too flashy or gory but it's not too blunt either. So it's a little bit of a balanced combination. And in the age of television, where things can be designed to appeal to everyone, 50th anniversary Corvette can be considered a success.