an over the top comedy with some chuckles, but that becomes disoriented after too many idiotic plot twists, entirely losing as a consequence its focus - an illustrious, and eclectic, cast of luminaries, however, from John Gielgud to Tab Hunter, Liberace to Rod Steiger (channeling Dr Strangelove here), means, that the show can't be all that bad, and isn't
A deeply cynical and misogynistic film. Hollywood poison at its worst.
Well, let me tell ya - With its assurance of "containing something in its story to offend everyone" (literally) - I'd say that "The Loved One" completely fell flat on its stupid face by not living up to this false promise.
You know, I really wish that "The Loved One" had succeeded in offending me. 'Cause, perhaps, that way I might have found something to actually like about this insufferably dry and totally uninspiring comedy. But, sorry, as it turned out, "The Loved One" was just too bloody stupid to offend, except, maybe, those who are brain-dead.
Adapted for the screen from the Evelyn Waugh novel of the same name, I personally think Waugh's morbid piece of fiction translated terribly into this dull, 1965 motion picture. If you ask me, I'd swear that they were actually just making up the story as they went along.
Now 50 years old, I found "The Loved One's" story to be grossly out of date, as well as being way too out of touch with reality to ever appeal to a rational-thinking person like myself.
It certainly didn't help matters much that all of the characters in this tale were a completely unlikable bunch. I mean, I don't mind eccentric characters, but when that eccentricity becomes annoying (as it did with this lot), it just grates on my nerves like you wouldn't believe.
About the only thing that this lame-brained comedy could boast about (to its advantage) would be its list of cameo appearances from the likes of Dana Andrews, Tab Hunter, James Coburn and Milton Berle, to name but a few.
With "something to offend everyone," and classic mid century humor and actors,… a unique satire on the funeral industry of the 60s.
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