1974 / 93m - USA
Comedy, Western
Blazing Saddles poster


August 20, 2020


One of the main reasons I don't like westerns is because they're so damn serious, so I figured a comedy western might be more up my alley. I'm not a big Mel Brooks fan though, on the other hand there aren't that many comedy westerns to choose from, so I figured I'd just give Blazing Saddles a chance.

Like most other Brooks films I've seen, the comedy just doesn't do enough for me. It's not that I don't like Brooks' style, he is after all a major influence on the likes of Naked Gun and Hot Shots, it's just that the jokes feel a bit simplistic, and they're too few and far between for this type of comedy.

There are a handful of funny moments here, mostly when they're breaching the fourth wall or just being completely daft, but the scenes in between the jokes are pretty dire and when they don't land, there's really very little that kept me interested. Blazing Saddles is slightly better than an average western, but that's not saying much.