This loose modern day re-telling of the novel’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will keep you on your toes and make you laugh hysterically. I am not really big into goofy comedy movies anymore and I feel like that ship has sailed in my life but this film has been the funniest comedy that I have seen in the last three years. It is just ridiculous.
Personally, I have read the two novels that this film is loosely based on and if you are a fan of Mark Twain and appreciate his humor then I am giving you the green light to go ahead and watch this film; because it is phenomenal.
I do have one warning. It was sort of weird in the first 10-15 minutes of the film seeing people calling each other Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. But, once I got over that and realized that it was just the filmmakers making light of the situation to add humor to the film, I started to gut-bust laugh all over the floors of my room.
The logline that Netflix states about the film is:
“Recast as modern day men, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn draft their misfit cronies to help find buried treasure the two have sought since boyhood.”
Netflix even says that this film is goofy, quirky and irreverent. Bravo, Netflix. You got it!
If you like Wes Anderson and Coen Brother’s films then you will most certainly like this one. You can obviously tell that the Nee Brothers really used the influences of those great American directors to pull off the humor and charm that this film brings. I am not talking only about the look of the film and the cinematography but the music, the pacing, the rhythm and the irony that the film has that you see in a lot of Wes Anderson and Coen Brother’s films.
So yes, it is also very aesthetically pleasing which most comedies need to start doing because I believe that in this day and age of cinema comedic films take that huge short cut.
I was very inspired by this film because of the way it made me feel. One thing that you will see in the film is how “youth” is the cure to growing older. Huck Finn get’s out of jail and wants to do right and stay out of trouble but Tom Sawyer still wants to find Murrell’s treasure. As we grow older as adults we forget about what drove us when we were younger and that is why people despise the responsibilities of being older. There are many subcategories of this film’s thematic use of “youth” such as adventure, manipulation and most importantly: Hopes, Plans, and Dreams. Tom Sawyer has way too many of those already while Huck Finn doesn’t. That is why they are the perfect balance for one another in a literary and cinematic medium. There have been many reincarnations of these two characters used in story telling some examples are Jules Winfield and Vincent Vega, Tyler Durden and The Narrator, and The Joker and Batman.
My favorite part of this film is Hannibal Burress. The more I see that guy in anything, the funnier he gets. He plays one of Tom and Huck’s friend’s whose part of their heist to rob a pawnshop.
Oh and yes, Creed Bratton from The Office plays the pawnshop owner. You can’t really get much better than that.
This film will take you along a youthful experience that provides a lot of laughs through subtly and outraging ridiculous corky humor. It is definitely worth the watch.
You can take my word for it.