Do not waste any of your life renting this film.
, 03 Feb 2012
The great thing about renting DVDs is that it lets you take a chance on films you wouldnt think of buying. And occasionally that pays off and you discover a really good film you might never have seen.
And sometimes its a complete waste of time, much like with It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time, which I can honestly say is one of, if not the worst film Ive ever seen (actually, the worst film Ive ever seen is Weve Got The Toaster, another rental gamble, but I digress). Its also one of the worst DVDs Ive ever watched.
Lets start with that. Despite the copyright date printed on the disc being 2009, this DVD feels like a VHS tape from the early 80s its so bad. There arent any special features or extras. There are no subtitles. There are no chapter markings. There isnt even a menu. Should you somehow manage to make it to the end of the film, it simply loops back around to the beginning. That alone is a pretty good indicator of how cheap this product is. Even beyond technical ineptitude, the film is poorly presented. Its been cropped to fit the discs aspect ratio, losing picture information from each side of the screen (especially noticeable during the awful animated opening titles, where lots of the names are chopped off). Theres been no attempt to clean up the movie from whatever cheaply struck film copy the publisher picked up, so not only does it look old and dirty but there are numerous scratches, picture jumps and even moments of tram-markings marring the picture.
But its hard to get angry about all that given that the film itself is a complete waste of time. Dont be fooled by the cover image at the top of the page this is not a John Candy film. Sure, Candys in it, but its a minor role that doesnt turn up until the last third of the film. To sell this as a John Candy film is akin to selling Anchorman as a Seth Rogen film in its inaccuracy. Retrofame at its worst.
The actual star of the film is Anthony Newley, playing the fairly unlikeable Sweeney. All the characters are unlikeable really, which is fine because the plots insipid and uninteresting and will fail to hold anyones attention for more than fifteen minutes. Perhaps the worst element is the sound. The dialogues all poorly recorded while the film is scored like a particularly obnoxious kids show. All in all, it ends up feeling like a decidedly awful ITV sitcom from the 70s.
So please, dont rent this film. Even ironically or to see if its as bad as Im saying it. Just take my word for it and dont bother.
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