About Comedy Films
Our exam topic is based on Comedy films. Comedy is very individual and
subjective. Comedy is inherent, different audiences find different
things funny. Recently we had just seen a movie called, "There's
Something about Marry," starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. This is
a prime example of a comedy film.
Comedy Films "make me laugh" - they elicit laughter from the audience.
Comedies are light-hearted dramas, designed to amuse and provoke
laughter. The comedy genre exaggerates the situation, the language,
action, and characters. Comedies observe the deficiencies, foibles,
and frustrations of life, providing merriment. Providing a momentary
escape from day-to-day life, they usually have happy endings, although
the humor may have a serious or pessimistic side.
There are many different kinds or forms of comedy, including:
The characters that generally play or act in comedy films are accident
prone men/women. An example of this is Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson). He
has had many television programmes series and films released, which
show us this. This particular comedy is called Slapstick. This is
comedy with broad, aggressive, physical action, including harmless or
painless cruelty and violence, horseplay, and sight gags, e.g., a
custard pie in the face, collapsing houses, a fall in the ocean, a
loss of trousers or skirts, runaway crashing cars, people chases, etc.
The term slapstick was taken from the wooden sticks that clowns
slapped together to promote audience applause. It was typical of
Laurel and Hardy.
Another type of comedy, sub genre is verbal comedy; this was
classically typified by the cruel verbal wit of the sexual innuendo of
Mae West, or the verbal absurdity of dialogues in the Marx Brothers
films, or later by the self-effacing, thoughtful humor of Woody Allen.
Screwball comedies, predominant from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s,
are light-hearted, often sophisticated, romantic stories, commonly
focusing on a battle of the sexes in which both co-protagonists try to
outwit or outmaneuver each other. They usually include visual gags,
wacky characters, a fast-paced improbable plot, and rapid-fire,
wise-cracking dialogue reflecting sexual tensions and conflicts in the
blossoming of a relationship (or the patching up of a marriage) for an
attractive couple with on-going, antagonistic differences. The couple
is often a fairly eccentric, but well-to-do female interested in
romance and a generally passive or weak male who resists romance.
(Stereotypical men) However,...