Only the first half is funny. The premise is ok, the plot is predictable, the ideas are tired. Chase, Martin and Short deserved a better movie. The silent movie short at the beggining is probably its best moment.
Divertente commedia di Landis,che si avvale dei consueti tempi comici ormai marchio di fabbrica del regista.Certo non è tra i suoi capolavori,ma la messa in scena è buonissima e il film,più che sulla trama,si regge sui siparietti dei tre attori,che esprimono forse troppo un certo umorismo americano di provincia.Cmq è gradevole,anche se si capisce che Landis comincia a essere meno indipendente e più forzato.3*
If it's not the well paced comedic dialog, it's the well paced physical comedy that will sell you to the Three Amigos. Very intelligent, not overly hilarious but just the right amount to sell the actual story and pull off a lot of slapstick jokes, and a very lovable Martin Short that seemingly steals the show everytime.
I appreciate the look behind the silent movie world of the time. I see a bit of the plot of The Magnificent Seven and a slight reference to the man with no name trilogy. However, the three comics don't mesh well together and the jokes are more miss than hit.
[J. Brew Recommendations: Day 7/7] Three Amigos has some redeeming moments of comedy (I liked the blissfully ignorant "show" they put on when El Guapo's men showed up the first two times); but more often than not the comedy fell flat and the whole "we're actually actors" trope feels overused even for the 1980s. Steve Martin's talent was in better hands with Carl Reiner.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but the songs Randy Newman wrote for this movie are one of the best parts of the movie (he should only write for other people). Martin, Chase and Short are great (Short's the best), but that's the problem. There's nothing else that holds this movie together. When they're gone, it's dead. It definitely isn't zany enough.