Daily Archives: 02/14/2005

Funny Weird Or Funny Ha Ha?

Time for some more movie reviews. This time, I will run over a few comedies that passed by my TV screen.

  • Napoleon Dynamite – Wow. Deadpan is about the only word that comes to mind on watching Napoleon Dynamite. It is bizarre film, so utterly stupid and completely off the wall that humor doesn’t really matter. I don’t know what to say about this nonsense. I really don’t know. Did I like it? It’s like driving by a train wreck – I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. It certainly takes high marks as the most absurdly stupid movie I’ve seen in a long time. If this movie reminds me of anything, it’s the asinine late-night cartoons that are shown on the Cartoon Channel weeknights. Yes, this is the live action film version of Adult Swim
  • I Heart Huckabees – What the hell? This is pretty much incomprehensible philosophic mishmash done up in pastel colors. Enlightenment is found screwing in the mud or wearing clothes like the Amish, or maybe it’s just being nice to people. Okay, whatever. But go with the flow, sit back and enjoy the ride. After all, it is a 13 hour flight and there’s not much else to watch. In the end, this movie is an enjoyable mess.
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – Not a bad stoner/road trip movie. Certainly had some funny segments, including a strung out, horn dog Doogie Howser who steals the hero’s car. And it certainly made me crave some White Castles. The movie makes some pithy comments on race in 21st century America. Probably one of the most honest explorations of American ethnicity I’ve seen in some time. And it was pretty damn funny too boot. It was like a great stoner high, bouts of complete lucidity puncuated by moments of absolutely skewed humor.
  • Shaun of the Dead – I heard a great deal about this movie, so I was eager to watch it. Zombie movies are fairly easy targets to lampoon, and Shaun of the Dead does not disappoint. Two drunken slackers barely notice the end of the world going on around them. And when they do realize the zombies have taken over, they settle on the local pub as the best place to lay low and ride out the apocalypse. Easily the funniest of the recent spate of zombie movies, it even gets in a few digs at the other movies, like 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, and Resident Evil.