Lucky Luke (1991)

2.5 out of 5

Terence Hill, decked out in his Nobody outfit, rides into the recently erected Daisy Town to bring law and order when the Dalton Gang raise a lot of ruckus. That's what passes for plot in this decent, if wholly unremarkable comedy western that wants to be Trinity and Blazing Saddles without the raunchiness and ends up satisfying Nobody in the end.

Based on a popular European comic book, this is Terence Hill's version of it, albeit with very little resemblance to the source material. The plot, such as it is, is fairly inconsequential as it's predominantly a string of gags that frequently fall flat. The molasses dripping pace does little to alleviate the boredom that threatens to keep this from being a tolerable experience most of the time. Some of it is genuinely funny, but considering how little this resembles the comic book it's based on, one wonders why Hill even bothered with optioning the property at all.

Seeing Hill, well past his prime, enjoying himself in yet another family friendly endeavor is a joy for kids and his fanbase, but everybody else will likely find themselves bored, or looking around the room through most of this. The stunts are good and most all of them fall prey to the art of slow motion; something the Italians seemed to never tire of utilizing. Luke's talking horse, Jolly Jumper, is voiced by American singer Roger Miller who also narrates and sings the main theme song. It's also telling about the movie when the horse makes an ass out of everybody else onscreen.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics