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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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.
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.