Movie Review

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

What a movie this was! I had a great time watching the South African comedy, The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), starring Marius Weyers as Andrew Steyn and Sandra Prinsloo as Kate Thompson.

One day an (ordinary) coco-cola glass bottle gets thrown down from a low flying aeroplane into the lands of Kalahari desert. There Xi and his San tribe of bushmen who live there find it. These people have no contact with the outside world and so, they get baffled with the fallen object and regard it as a God’s gift to them. The bushmen have no concept of individual ownership, so far they were living happily, but once this coke bottle comes in everyone in the tribe wants the bottle and causes trouble – finally Xi decides the object (coke bottle) to be evil and sets on a journey to the end of the world to get rid of it. What follows and life that goes around in that part of Africa is told in a brilliant manner by Director Jamie Uys.

The film is a stereotyped view of Africa and its people. There are tribesmen who have no contact with the outside world, a terrorist kidnapping school kids and their teacher from the missionary as their hostage, an incompetent army that goes behind the terrorists, a flamboyant safari lodge operator, a native who speaks both the language of tribesman and English fluently. Because the film is unapologetic about all this, you see it all as good humour and are able to thoroughly enjoy every scene.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) - And the Coco-Cola Bottle

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) – And the Coco-Cola Bottle

This Jeep plays an important role in the film, it even gets up to the top of a tree!
This Jeep plays an important role in the film, it even gets up to the top of a tree!

One of those dull evenings when you are too lazy to do anything else, watch this film and you will feel better.

Available to watch from the Internet Archive.

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