Wednesday, April 25, 2012
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
Such is the case with OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. You've probably heard of its director Michel Hazanavicius or its two stars Jean Dujardin an Berenice Bejo. No? They also did The Artist, that silent film that won Best Picture earlier this year. Right, moving on.
The movie is essentially a spoof of the spy capers of the 1960's, more notably the early James Bond movies. However, maybe a nod or two to Austin Powers could be in there. Basically the main spy isn't as clever as Bond though not as dumb as Powers.
It may be in French, but none of the jokes get lost in translation. They all work on a visual aspect rather than verbal, a key thing in any comedy. Hey, you know it's true.
All in all, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is a really funny and clever movie. It takes most spy movie cliches and uses them to their advantage. Dujardin and Bejo are charming and funny. If you want an enjoyable foreign film to watch, look no further.
My Rating: *****