July 29, 2012

Funny How?

I’m inspired to write this after my dissection of the Transformers Trilogy and a world changing question now plagues my existence: Why is comic relief never funny?

Let’s look at some examples:

Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars Prequels; Yeah I know, it’s an obvious choice but he killed Star Wars for me. Characters screaming and being cowardly aren’t funny and don’t tell me kids find it funny. I was a kid once too and I was never retarded enough to find this twat funny.

Rob Schneider in Judge Dredd; he was easily the biggest flaw in the film and his constant whinging just made me want to pimp-slap him. This is a man who I have never found funny in any way and he surely belongs in movie jail.

Chris Tucker in… actually everything, but let’s just say The Fifth Element; What were they thinking? What could have been a classic sci-fi movie with outlandish visuals was ruined by this squealing bitch who removed all drama from the film.

Everything in the Transformers movies; read my “Transform and Shut up!” Blog and a full explanation is given.

Willie Scott in Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom; Easily one of the most annoying characters in cinema history and I have to say that despite some cool action set-pieces, this is my least favourite of the 4 movies.

Joe Pesci in the Lethal Weapon films (Sorry Joe, please don’t kill me). Riggs and Murtaugh’s banter is funny enough and bringing in the annoying comic relief in part 2 was not necessary.

So that’s a just a few examples; imagine a world without Jar Jar, wouldn’t it be nice? Annoying and unfunny characters bring nothing to a film; they only detract from it. If Chris Tucker hadn’t been in the Fifth Element, it would probably be one of my favourite movies.

What do I find funny? Good, sharp dialogue does it for me and the odd witty one-liner.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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