Friday, November 4, 2011

Tower Heist Review - 3 Stars

Eddie Murphy stands out in this grand old school revenge comedy caper.  Ben Stiller begins as the manager of a Trump Tower style condo, leading a staff who cater to the ultra wealthy’s every desire. One day the FBI arrests financial wizard Alan Alda and puts him under house arrest in his penthouse. Alda has pulled a Bernard Madoff style Ponzi scheme and taken the savings, among others,  of all of the building employees. Stiller—with an assist from sympathetic agent Tea Leoni—figures Alda has cash hidden in his apartment.  So the caper begins as Stiller enlists streetwise thief Eddie Murphy to teach him and a gang of bumblers how to steal.  The gags build to a high wire climax that had the preview audience screaming with delight.   Does it deliver what it promises?  Must better than expected comedy. Is it entertaining?  Delightful.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Just for the fun of it.