Charlie Day stars in a self written and directed film that captures the comedy and physicality of old silent film stars like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. In a story that beautifully captures Hollywood commentary in a fun and lighthearted way. The film picks a style and tone long dead and reawakens it. Fool’s Paradise is a fun and entertaining film that makes Charlie Day shine. I will say that I was genuinely surprised at the skill and talent that came out of Charlie Day as my only exposure to him has been It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show I genuinely did not think was funny and got no enjoyment out of.
Overall I think Fool’s Paradise was enjoyable. Coming in at a tight hour and a half it told the story that it wanted to tell without being self indulgent and verbose. It had great commentary without being heavy handed and it allowed for great actors to play into their strengths. I would give the film a 7/10. It’s not a work of brilliance but it knew what it was and it didn’t try to be anything else. It had the charm and feeling of old silent films while balancing the comedy of today and for that it deserves some praise. It cuts through the noise of most comedy films made now by giving the audience another option. It was a good film that I would definitely see again.
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