by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: ***1/2 (out of 5 stars)
BLURAY EXPERIENCE: *** (out of 5 stars)
Mike Myers as WAYNE CAMPBELL
Dana Carvey as GARTH ALGAR
Rob Lowe as BENJAMIN KANE
Tia Carrere as CASSANDRA
Directed by: Penelope Spheeris
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Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) are two twentysomething slackers who host a public access television show called “Wayne’s World.” When slick television producer Benjamin Kane (Rob Lowe) signs the duo for a bigger production, complete with an anchor sponsor, Wayne and Garth don’t fully realize his plan to take over the show. Wayne fights the corporate “man” and tries to keep a relationship with the beautiful Cassandra (Tia Carrere), who is getting a record deal courtesy of Kane and his minions.
WHAT I LIKED
Paramount has re-released a slate of BluRays featuring the stars from the better days of “Saturday Night Live.” Not only can you go 90s retro with Chris Farley and David Spade in “Black Sheep,” you can also experience the decade with one of the biggest SNL sketch-to-silver screen stories to date.
“Wayne’s World” represented more than a slacker voice for a generation. It was a cultural phenomenon, and it launched Mike Myers into the world of superstardom (before he threatened to tear that down with movies like “The Love Guru”).
The movie version of the SNL sketch did everything that it needed to do. It brought Wayne and Garth out of the basement. It gave them an actual story with an actual villain (played expertly by Rob Lowe, I might add). And it struck an irreverent chord by playing into stereotypes, cliches and theatrical conventions at the time. Without being a spoof movie, it gave us spoofs of “Laverne & Shirley” as well as “Scooby Doo.”
Throughout the film, Wayne’s character breaks the fourth wall, bringing the audience into the joke of the film. From an early point, this manipulated reality is established, which offers a wider breadth for the characters to explore comedy. So when the film comes down to its ridiculous ending, you just accept it as part of the film.
“Wayne’s World” was quite possibly the best timed film in movie history. As Lorne Michaels points out in the special features of the BluRay, there was a very tiny window to make the movie, and they did it just at the right time. “Wayne’s World” caught the wave of a popular sketch on a popular show, then allowed its star to surf that wave into bigger and better films.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
As clever as the irreverent and introspective comedy of “Wayne’s World” is, the joke does get a little old. Made in the era of home video, the film is still most appropriate to be seen in a crowded theater where laughter can be infectious. Watching the movie alone at home tends to fall a little flat at times, so you’ll want to invite some friends over for the screening
The “Wayne’s World” BluRay disc includes commentary on the film by director Penelope Spheeris as well as the original theatrical trailer in HD.
There’s a featurette called “Wayne’s World Extreme Close-Up,” which features interviews with the cast and crew of the film, looking back on making the movie and how it developed into a cultural phenomenon.
Like other recent releases by many studios, “Wayne’s World” is not necessarily a film that needs to be seen in high definition, but with the special features and the recent release alongside its sequel, it makes for a nice addition to a growing BluRay collection.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Anyone who wants to party on.