Hilarious, bold, & a great soundtrack, Mel Brooks’ comedic satirization of classic westerns and racism hits a home-run as one of his greatest successes. 8.5/10.
Set in Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to get paved away for a new railroad, Blazing Saddles sees the residents deal with another tragic occurrence in their minds: a black railroad worker named Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the new mayor. However, it is soon learned that Bart and his drunk criminal friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a group of thugs sent to expedite the town’s residents leaving.
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Pros: Absolutely hilarious jokes and spoofs that are (mostly) still funny even 40+ years later, comedy that was groundbreaking and extreemely (and respectfully) bold back in its day, the film that made Mel Brooks a star and arguably the greatest one in his career, Great soundtrack of musical-like songs that oddly don’t feel out of place, genius satirization of racism and the westerns everyone is accustomed to from the very opening scene (pokes fun without ever being offensive to the all-time great genre’s legacy), great acting especially by Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, and Mel Brooks too as the governor,
Cons: Some jokes overly crude and juvenile like cowboys farting around the campfire, a few disrespectful & cringy ideas like white Mel Brooks playing a Native American and a man punching an innocent horse to the ground, ending a little sloppy invading other sets
Overall Rating: 8.5/10