Comedy Snippets: The Boys, Two Weeks To Live, Bad Words +

comedy snippets 13092020Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

The Boys Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2
The first season of Garth Ennis’s superhero satire was by no means perfect and it was quite muted compared to the comic, sure, some of the superheroes were sociopaths and even murderous but they weren’t sexual deviants in an incredibly deranged manner. That’s not a huge issue however, whereas Hughie being quite unsympathetic was, and unfortunately the second season seems to be doubling down on that as he whinges and moans his way through these two opening episodes like a very tiresome twat. Or cloying cunt, as Karl Urban’s quite silly but at least likeable Billy Butcher might say. In the comics Hughie felt out of place and wasn’t sure he should be involved with Butcher, Mother’s Milk et all, but he never seemed like an entitled, self-obsessed twat and that’s a real problem here. As is their trying to humanise The Deep and Maeve by giving them so much screen time away from the rest of the seven, Ennis made it clear that not all superheroes were shits with Starlight and it worked effectively, so there was no need to do this with those other two characters. It wouldn’t be an issue if their scenes were fun, too, but I found myself bored of Maeve hanging out with her girlfriend in the hospital and The Deep singing to himself while off his face on mushrooms, and both subplots should have been cut. On the plus side, Homelander’s still a deeply disturbing monstrous shit, and him being weird and deranged is fun at least, as is some of the satire of the media, and Aya Cash’s character is great, and with a name like Stormfront I have a suspicion she’s going to turn evil on us all so that should be enjoyable too. But both episodes definitely have had far too much filler and are all too often annoyingly bland as well, and along with all of my other complaints the only reason I’m sticking with it is due to the pandemic and the lack of other decent series currently airing.

Two Weeks To Live Series 1 Episode 2
Ugh, I hate tv some times, as after a very promising first episode once again I’m having to write a review which is along the lines of “Gah, this started well but then boy did it go downhill quick”.  That’s mostly due to the direction the plot took, as after believing the world was going to end at the last of the first episode Kim (Maisie Williams) headed off to murder Jimmy (Sean Pertwee) the man responsible for her father’s death, and the first half of the second episode is one long unrealistic brawl between the two of them, where they only let up to congratulate the other on the quips they’ve made, or complain about the lack of quality in their dialogue. Both characters do very stupid things and that the other didn’t kill them multiple times beggars belief, that is at least until Jimmy ends up dead and I found myself wishing he wasn’t as Sean Pertwee’s always a delight. Soon Kim knows that she’s been lied too, the world isn’t ending, and then involves Nicky (Mawaan Rizwan) and his brother Jay (Taheen Modak) in the disposal of the corpse, plus Jimmy’s henchman Ian turns out to be a lovely chap who they decide to save even though Kim left him for dead last time around, all of which was bizarrely quite boring with the dialogue feeling fake and clunky. Kim’s Mum also pops up every so often trying to track her down and in what’s a coincidental incident indeed meets the cafe owner who Kim beat up in the first episode, and then she finds Kim with ridiculous ease, and I found myself just not caring. In the review of the first episode I questioned whether they’d maintain the balancing act of making this feel believable while telling an unusual tale, but unfortunately in this second episode they’ve failed and it feels too ludicrous and too silly, all rather sadly.

Bad Words
Jason Bateman plays a 40 year old fuck up in this fairly cute film, which he also directed, who for unknown reasons decides to enter a the national spelling bee tournament. Now it’s supposed to be only for kids but he exploits a loophole much to the anger of the parents and organisers, and while this is going on a journalist is following him around trying to get his story out of him, and he gradually becomes friends with a shy young Indian kid. It’s perhaps more conventional than I might have hoped for, but a very sharp script saves it from ever becoming dull and at 88 minutes ( without the credits) it doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s also beautifully filmed with great performances from all, and there’s an awful lot of fun to be had from Bateman acting inappropriately in front of startled children and parents, along with his delightfully cruel psychological tactics against his opponents. It’s not a classic for sure, but it is a nicely enjoyable comedy, and an impressive debut, and hopefully Bateman will develop in to a director worth keeping an eye on.

This is Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, Kung-Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer director Stephen Chow’s kids movie made back in 2008, and I’ve got to confess to being a tad disappointed. My expectations were admittedly high as I’m a big fan of Chow’s, and while this is quite fun in places it’s also a little pointless. Sure, there’s a central message which is hammered home over and over again (Don’t cheat, don’t steal, study so that you don’t end up in a shit job) but everything surrounding it feels a little limp as it’s basically an ET rip off except that the alien in this case is a weird part green blob part sort of dog thing, who lights up the life of a poor lad with little going for him, and while there are some cute moments (the dream sequence being the highlight of the film), and fairly amusing dialogue, it’s very predictable and despite an 88 minute running time should have been half the length.

Video Of The Week
Ever wanted to watch a kid’s tv show that teaches children all about the joys of the work of Francois Truffaut and his contribution to French cinema? Of course you have, and now thanks to this your offspring can fall madly love for the New Wave director, in what’s a very funny video.

Link Of The Week
Chris Morris seems to be getting chattier with each and every year that passes, and here the satirist / director talks about the making of his seminal film Four Lions along with the cast and other behind the scenes types.

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