Man, we haven’t had such an enjoyable time at the movies in a long time.
Directed by Brett Ratner, this delicious comedy features A-list actors Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy along with the fine supporting cast of Casey Affleck, Alan Ada, Matthew Broderick, Michael Peña and Téa Leoni as the FBI agent.
Of course, every actor listed above did a superb job but we owe more, so much more, to Tower Heist’s writers Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Ted Griffin who conjured up this comedy.
By the way, Griffin also co-wrote the engrossing screenplay with Jeff Nathanson.
At a theater on the East Coast, the large crowd through frequent guffaws made no secret of their great delight with the movie.
Robbing a Wall Street Crook
As every child in America knows by now, the Wall Street robber barons who have brought America’s economy to its knees through their esoteric Credit Default Swaps, hedges and counter-hedges, bets and counter-bets and other shenanigans have gotten away with a disgraceful impunity.
Tower Heist is the story of a small bunch of working class stiffs who take their revenge on one such Wall Street billionaire crook, Arthur Shaw.
A big time crook, played by Alan Ada, Arthur has robbed countless individuals including the pensions of the employees of the plush Manhattan apartment tower in which he lives in splendid opulence.
Ben Stiller is Josh Kovacs, the sincere manager of the luxurious apartment tower where Arthur and other super-wealthy people live.
We’ll try not to give away too much of the story lest it spoils your fun.
But an angry Josh rouses some of his co-workers and a small-time con named Slide (Eddie Murphy) into a scheme to avenge the betrayal by Arthur.
Why do they have to do it themselves?
Because in the movie, as in real life, the government does not have the balls, the capability or the willingness to take on Wall Street’s high crimes.
After all, the motto of Wall Street is Socialism for the failed bankers and Capitalism (with all its attendant risks) for the millions of nameless working class stiffs.
The comedy of Tower Heist lies in the planning, training and, ultimately, the execution of a bizarre plan to get some sort of justice for being robbed by a callous bastard with a private island in Belize, a private jet, a private yacht and other assorted luxuries purchased on the stiff backs of the working class stiffs who toiled for decades to save modest sums for their retirement.
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy are absolutely divine in Tower Heist, one controlled and the other completely uncontrolled in his talk, walk, demeanor and action.
No marks for guessing who plays the uncontrolled nut-job.
The interaction between Eddie Murphy’s Slide and his fellow accomplices (all White characters) is hilarious.
Life is often about the unexpected and Tower Heist’s creators make sure there’s enough twists and surprises to prevent the movie from descending into the easily predictable.
Just in case, all ye desi chutiyas are keen on an Indian connection, Ben Stiller’s character Josh loves Indian food. After all, early in the movie he mentions a takeout from the Poonjab Palace.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Tower Heist this weekend.
Tower Heist is playing at theaters across the U.S.