A spoof on James Bond. It’s 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo, his cover while he is busy foiling Nazis, quelling rebellion, and bedding beauties.
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It's indeed very funny, but at times I couldn't stand the sexism, orientalism and general ignorace of the white, imperialist character. I understand it's a satire, but I can't reconcile it. For me, it's much more problematic. Albeit, Dujardin is a true performer. One cannot help but appreciate his performance, which is always great. I want to see more with him, maybe with less problematic themes next time.
The veal's not just excellent, it's spoof-tastic! Dujardin gives OSS 117 such grandiloquence and swinging dance moves that it's hard not to be charmed. If you allow yourself to give in to it, the humor builds to a hard boil. Fun.
I think I prefer this to THE ARTIST. Just as strong a handle on the period film vocabulary and another charming and funny turn by Jean Dujardin. I prefer OSS 117's lack of pretension and effortless charm.
This movie is soooooo fucking stupid , IN A GOOD WAY . I think that Jean Dujardin is one of the best James bond , and he's not even in the Bond franchise ! "j'aurais dû m'en douter, tu n'es pas seulement un lâche, tu es un traitre... comme ta petite taille le lassait deviner"
Cairo, Nest of Spies was far more enjoyable than I was expecting. Really liked how faithfully it parodied the 1960s espionage film genre using well timed and often subtle humour. Very reminiscent of the Pink Panther films.
Very very funny. The humour ranges from downright slapstick to nicely subtle. Fantastically funny 007 parody. Jean Dujardin's facial gymnastics and comedy timing are simply genius. Well worth your time.