I hated this movie when I first saw it. I always felt that it tried too hard to be funny. However, it's been a few years since I've seen it, and I was bored one night so I gave it another chance. I'm glad I did. While it isn't as good as "Anaconda," it does have some good qualities about it. The cast does very well with the campy dialogue they are given. The interactions between Oliver Platt and Brendan Gleeson are downright funny, and their relationship really steals the show. Everyone talks about Betty White's character in this flick, and it is pretty funny to watch her spew out curse word after curse word, but my favorite line of hers is how she delivers the word "Sherlock!" to Gleeson's character.
The crocodile looks pretty good. In a couple of scenes it is obvious that he's an animatronic croc, but thank heavens that the entire thing isn't CG-created. It's nice to see that puppeteers can still find work in Hollywood. Though the puppets are great, the CGI isn't too shabby either. The croc really is impressive to see on the screen. He's definitely done on a higher level than the aforementioned "Anaconda."
I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys giant creature features with a hefty dose of macabre humor. Though it may be subpar when compared to other films of the genre, it is definitely better than the SciFi channel offerings such as "Dinocroc" and "Frankenfish." SciFi channel seems to be the last domain for larger-than-life creature flicks. Though I commend them for attempting to keep the genre above water, I wish that more camp-fests like "Lake Placid" could find their way to the big-screen.
A Classic Lake Placid is not. However entertaining it certainly is. The crocodile attacks are so sudden that anyone will certainly be taken by surprise. Somehow the motion of the crocodile does not seem to relistic. But then agan I an expert on crocodiles. I'll defer to the guru in the move.In spite of constant bickering between the cast members, someone this movie has an intriguing hold on me. Bridget Fonda's tempermental character is oh so annoying. Her reason for venturing to Maine is quite ridiculous. … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Lake Placidis total trash--and, as a result, fairly entertaining. Yet another entry in the horror subgenre of giant animals running amok,Lake Placidfeatures a giant crocodile that has somehow found its way to an isolated lake in Maine. The absurdity of crocodiles in Maine sets the tone for the entire movie, which has no ambitions beyond mixing a little fright with a little humor. Bridget Fonda (Point of No Return,Jackie Brown) plays a paleontologist sent to investigate a large tooth; Bill Pullman (Independence Day,Lost Highway) is a fish and game warden just trying to keep the peace; Oliver Platt (Funny Bones,Flatliners) plays a loose-cannon mythology professor who swims with crocodiles for sport; and Brendan Gleeson (an excellent but little-known actor, most noted forThe General) is a local sheriff with a short temper and a big gun. Add a few gruesome dismemberments, Betty White as a cantankerous old broad who may have murdered her husband, and a cow hanging from a helicopter, and there you have it:Lake Placid. (Curiously, this concoction was put together by David E. Kelley, better known as the creator of TV'sAlly McBealandThe Practice.)--Bret Fetzer