Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin, Timothy Dalton, Heather Locklear Movie Review

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Daffy Duck and Brendan Fraser in Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

It's Like Being Smacked Round the Head with a Comedy Frying Pan

Tired of playing second fiddle to Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck finds himself fired from Warner Bros by Vice President of Comedy, Kate Houghton (Jenna Elfman) when he kicks up a stink. Security guard and aspiring stunt man DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser) also ends up getting fired when escorting Daffy off the lot leads to a disaster. Back at his father's home DJ discovers that his father, Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), is not just an actor famous for playing suave spies he is in fact a real life spy and is in danger thanks to the ACME Corporation run by the Chairman (Steve Martin). Now DJ with Daffy in tow are off to Vegas to try and save his father unaware that Kate and Bugs are also in hot pursuit having realised her mistake in firing them both.

I remember as a kid playing in the sea and enjoying bouncing around as the waves came crashing in, but after a while the constant pounding of wave after wave stopped being fun and was exhausting. That is how it is when you watch "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" because it is so full off humour that it is exhausting and truth be told headache inducing because of everything in it has to be noisy. The worst thing is that it is a real shame they couldn't reel it in somewhat as there is so much great humour it should have ended up more enjoyable than it is.

Now I know why there is so much humour in "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", the writers came up with a sketchy central storyline, something which drew on movies for inspiration as to feel the gag writers with as many possibilities as possible to throw in a joke. But as I said it is too much and for me makes "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" the sort of movie where you should watch 10 minutes or so and enjoy it then stop and come back a week later to watch the next 10 minutes. That way you get to enjoy the huge amount of in-jokes which are in there before it has exhausted you.

What this all boils down to is that "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is a case that less would have been more because as it is there are too many gags, too much noise and a sense that the writers had no self control when it came to adding one more joke in to the mix. And in fairness every joke is funny; it is just a case of too many.