Monday, June 23, 2008
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
I've heard nothing but bad things about Mr. Warmth, the Don Rickles doc, but have been hankering to see it anyway. All told it was enjoyable, but I thought quite lacking in archival footage of vintage Rickles' performances. To be fair, I missed the first 15 minutes of the film, so maybe the performances were front loaded. Lots of great interviews with comedians and actors extolling the virtues of Mr. Warmth, but many of those interviews were aching for back-up from RIckles' stage show. More often than not, that support wasn't there. The clips from the Dean Martin Roast were priceless, but I wanted to see more moments like that.