Sure, this is not an actual movie. But after watching the duo return to the screen on Netflix, I felt to share my mind regarding both actors and the Netflix exclusive itself.
For me, both of these actors played a massive part in my passion for film and my interest in acting from a young age. One film in particular that stands out and will forever remain a classic in my heart is the film “The Three Amigos” (1986) which, funnily enough, is the film that caused both Steve Martin and Martin Short to meet for the 1st time. From that film, they developed a new and strong friendship.
For Martin Short, The Three Amigos wasn’t the only film on BETA and VHS that got worn out in my house. Many other films such as Three Fugitives (1989) and Pure Luck (1991) were also huge stands outs for me. Martin Short’s work always stuck out on screen due to his insane amount of energy and the way he always delivered unpredictable humour in the film. I also enjoyed the many random and unforgettable cameos. Some of these include from both of the Father Of the Bride films and the teen comedy “Get Over It”. Martin Short doesn’t get enough credit for his work- he’s also incredibly talented with animated voice work and to this day has been credited in many great films, including some from Disney pictures.
Steve Martin isn’t as loud as Martin Short, but always delivers a touch of crazy when required and has still added to his work with a perfect bit of smart-alec humour. Many of my personal favourites include Father of the Bride as well as Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I’ll go as far to say I’ve never been put off by his family films, because Steve Martin is a great actor who also brings out a sensitive side in his movies. Don’t believe me? Check out some of his films such as Leap Of Faith or Cheaper by the Dozen. Also, to this day, one of my wife’s favourite films of his is “Housesitter” which also stars Goldie Hawn.
As for the show, I enjoyed seeing both actors united on stage. They talk about the past, make fun of each other and manage to provide some classy performances. One such segment includes Steve Martin playing the banjo (my personal favourite moment from the show). If you’re like me and have grown up with these actors, this is a fun special to watch on Netflix. It’s also a reminder for Netflix watchers that there is more to see than what you may encounter in a traditional Standup Comedy show. I enjoy Stand Up shows that provide randomness and witty humour, which this certainly has. Sure, it can be a tad crude, but considering these actors, what do you expect? After all these years, the two funny old guys we got to know while growing up in the ’80s can still make us laugh.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden