I have a confession to make; I really liked the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard film. Never watched the show so I judged it on its own and damn if I didn’t have a blast watching it. The Broken Lizard boys always churn out entertainment for me and this was no different. Of course lots of people despised it but at least I enjoyed it. When the Direct to DVD prequel was announced I wasn’t too excited. The Broken Lizard guys weren’t involved so I became uninterested. But I was willing to give it a chance and rented it. So was Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning superior to the 2005 film? No. But was it decent entertainment? Yes.
Let me dive into negative territory first. Despite being a prequel to the 2005 film there’s some continuity errors here. The general lee has a confederate flag on its roof in this film yet Cooter didn’t apply it on till the 2005 film. The general lee also has its infamous car horn yet Cooter didn’t put it in till the 2005 film. Daisy is also a brunette (her hair color in TV series) yet she was a busty blonde in the 2005 film. The Filmmakers clearly did not pay attention to the 2005 film. Shame. Also the movie really isn’t all that funny. It’s not completely unfunny but I didn’t laugh out loud once during it. I only snickered occasionally. Also the movie has the typical cheap direct to video look but the more I watched the movie the less I noticed. Also what’s with Rosco’s dog going from Puppy to Dog back to puppy etc.? Joke or Bad Continuity? Take your pick.
But its not all bad continuity and not funny enough laughs, The Beginning is entertaining throughout its running time. I liked the cast. Randy Wayne and Jonathan Bennett were quite likable as the Duke Boys. I wasn’t sure about them at first but the more I watched the film the better they got and in the end liked them. April Scott (Daisy) is not as hot as Jessica Simpson but was cute enough for me. A little too skinny though. Willie Nelson (Uncle Jesse) was not as funny as he was in the 2005 film but still provided me with enough laughs to like him. Christopher McDonald (Boss Hogg) plays his usual evil character and does wonders with it. Harland Williams (Rosco) plays his typical goofball character and is excellent at it. Joel Moore (Cooter) was a hoot! Easily my favorite Actor/Character in the film. Loved him in Grandma’s Boy and Dodgeball, too. The plot wasn’t original but I liked it. Simple and to the point.
Robert Berlinger’s directing is simple and serves the movie in the end.
The music consists of country music and score. Decent.
Like the unrated version of the 2005 film this film contains a decent amount of female nudity. Still blinded by the male nudity of Borat? Then rent this. There are enough boobs for any average male.
In the end, Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning was decent entertainment. I was bothered by the bad continuity between this and the 2005 film and the movie didn’t tickle my funny bone enough but I dug the cast, the female nudity and simple storyline. Worth a rental, especially if your bored.