Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Farewell, Film


Comedy films are fun. Actually, to rephrase this: comedy films should be fun. The majority are disappointments, some have potential but are disappointments, and the winners are few and far in between.

Modern society seems to have an obsession with diminishing standards of morality and intelligence when it comes to telling stories through the medium of film. Dinner For Schmucks was an awful, detestable, uncomfortable, and profoundly insulting film, for example, -- not because of the amount of smutty content (defining what qualifies as "smutty content" could very well be the cornerstone for a college philosophy course, so I won't go into what I mean by it...) -- but because of the degree the filmmakers go to to get a laugh.

It's as if the director and writers know the movie has no chance of being funny, so they hire some high-profile actors (Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, etc.), attach them to a script which is idiotic and unbelievably prepostorous, and then cash in on society's bastardized expectations of what a comedy film -- more accurately what a film in general -- is.

Using Dinner For Schmucks as a measuring stick for cinematiItalicc achievement however, is ignorant and ultimately pointless, as in the big picture, if Dinner For Schmucks was never made, there would be literally no difference in the development of film. Perhaps though, it could be looked at as an example of how not to make a film; but no matter, what's been said has been said.

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