Polarized Opinions: Comic relief in films.

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Gill-man, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Gill-man

    Gill-man Forum Resident Thread Starter

    When it comes to comic relief in films, views of them seem to be quite polarized. Either you like comic relief characters or can’t stand them. Some examples:

    Jar Jar Binks
    Timon and Pumbaa
  2. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    You mean comic relief in otherwise ostensibly non-comedic films?

    The biggest problem with Jar Jar Binks was that he *wasn't* funny. R2D2 and C3PO provided comic relief in the original trilogy and they weren't the targets of nearly as many complaints. Because their bits actually were funny.

    I think it really depends on how it's done, not whether to do it. I mean, is there actually an example of comic that hit all the marks and was LOL funny that a person thought should nevertheless not have been there, because it ruined the mood?

    That might be something to consider. Not sure if I can think of one right now.
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  3. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    The reporter in The Desert Song is a good humorous character, and helps out with the plot too.
  4. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    I think "it depends." Sometimes it works, sometimes it's haaaaaaarible.

    This one was haaaaaaaaaaaarible.
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  5. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Drum machines are not inherently evil.

    Austin, TX
    Who in the hell likes Jar Jar Binks? That seems to be a very one-sided example.
  6. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Depends. Worked for Shakespeare.
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  7. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

  8. Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree Forum Resident

    Hamburg, Germany
    Worst line in Almost Famous: "F*** it! I'm... I'm gay!"

    Still ruins a perfectly nice movie for me. Still don't understand why Cameron Crowe took such a misstep into humor.
  9. The lame and inappropriate attempts at comic relief in Last House On the Left help push the movie from bad to awful.
  10. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

    Silver Creek, NY
    Yeah, the inept sheriff, not to mention the goofy music. I thought that was about the grimmest movie possible until I saw I Spit On Your Grave which revolted me much more even as a teenager, and no comic relief in that one.

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