Original: La Cage aux Folles (1978)
Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, Christine Baranski
Not a minute goes by in Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage without a joke or gag of some kind surfacing, and, for that, the veteran director’s remake of the popular French comedy La Cage aux Folles earns our recommendation, even if its ultimately a slight, easily forgettable work.
Robin Williams has certainly given funnier performances, and, after a while, Nathan Lane’s exaggeratedly flamboyant energy begins to grate, but The Birdcage has agreeable silliness to spare.