Under no circumstances should anyone watch Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again.
Since I’m under obligation through this fine website, I’ll actually tell you why they shouldn’t watch a film instead of just strongly assuring you that it should be avoided; basically, this is a 34 year old slapstick comedy film that sodomizes the Robert Louis Stevenson tale Jekyll and Hyde without lubrication. I’ll elaborate, but please take my advice that this film should be watched by no one ever. That’s technically three times I’ve laid out the warning, so don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
Daniel Jekyll is a doctor trying to find a drug to render surgeries obsolete, but instead he creates cocaine and starts using it, turning himself into Hyde. He then proceeds to become an obnoxious party animal that I wish someone would have shot at various points. It’s a premise that might have worked had the filmmakers not actually been on coke when they made the damn movie, but as it stands it’s almost 90 minutes of cringe worthy “jokes” done in poor taste. And I say that as a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and South Park. This is the film version of the loudmouth guy in your office that looks around to ensure the coast is clear before whispering a racist joke to you and guffawing with laughter at himself like he’s the second coming of Lenny Bruce.
Deep down, I know it’s Airplane‘s fault this film exists. I was almost going to lay part of the blame at the feet of the inspiration for the Naked Gun series, Police Squad, but that came out in 1982 as well so I suppose it gets a pass. See, Airplane! was a great slapstick comedy because it was clever. It had great actors taking the absurdity completely straight, and managed to poke fun at a film genre that felt so overblown and took itself too seriously. I fail to think who this film might have been marketed towards. Literature professors that felt the classics needed to have a few zingers thrown in? People who need rapid fire racial stereotype jokes in their media?
I know I really haven’t gone over the plot, because it barely has one. Really, all the film is is nice guy Jekyll wandering around making an ass of himself. Then he does some coke and turns into Hyde and wants to bang everything. Pepper all this with bad dad jokes at best, unfunny sight gags at worst, and that’s the movie.
Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again Overall:
Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again is parody at its worst and sadly a product of the times it was created in. Unfortunately, this admittedly does detract from the film. It hasn’t aged well and unless you saw this film when you were 14 and somehow have a nostalgia boner, there’s no reason to view it. I honestly can’t even being to understand why it was released on Blu-ray. I’ve never heard of this movie up until now and can’t imagine there being a demand for it.
If you’re one of the possible three fans of this film, Olive Films has you covered. Consequently, the transfer is good. I wasn’t displeased with how the film looked so much as what the film was, so there’s that. It also comes in a standard keep-case with no special features, which sadly would have been the best time for the director to have done a commentary track apologizing for putting the audience through hell.
Don’t watch this movie.
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