Post by chronotigger65 on Aug 2, 2019 22:23:18 GMT -5
Farces are some of the more interesting movies I've seen. Thing is I'm under the impression their not mostly well received (I could be wrong) I love the Naked Gun Series with the second and third are on my top 10 movies of all time. Airplane started the genre. Also do parodies count? Spaceballs and the Austin Powers films tend to make fun of the sci-fi and spy movies but not sure if their farces. Spy Hard was a farce of the Bond series (I also hear that the next Bond will be a woman. Heresy!) Maybe I'm wrong with farces being unappreciated.
When done well(ie. Naked Gun, Airplane, Mel Brooks) they are great and well received. The problem is that there is more really bad than good. Its been almost 20 years since the last decent one, Scary Movie, and everything since then has been sub-par at best. Not Another Teen Movie had its moments though.
I'd say there are still good recent farces out there, one just has to look past the more prominent "spoof" movies. While I'm not always entirely sure what counts and what doesn't, 2014's What We Do in the Shadows certainly is not only a valid candidate, but also one of the best absurd comedies ever made. Some of Wes Anderson's work also qualifies as far as I'm concerned, like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou or Grand Budapest Hotel.
And let's not forget about animated movies like The Simpsons Movie or Lego Batman. Though I find it even harder to draw the line when it comes to animation, as many animated comedies tend to have parts that could be considered farces on their own due to their exaggerated nature. But somehow my gut feeling tells me Lego Batman is a farce, while The Incredibles isn't, even though on a surface level they are not so different. I guess it comes down to the overall amount of absurd situations versus internal "consitency" and being more grounded and earnest (which is not to say Lego Batman is completely devoid of the those qualities).
When it comes to classic examples the Monty Python movies come to mind, Life of Brian and Holy Grail are masterpieces. There are some good ones with and by Steve Martin (especially his earlier work). The Pink Panther (in this case *not* the one one with Martin ) is another one I like, though I'm a bit on the fence about calling it a farce. While for the most part it is closer to a regular/straight comedy, the absolutely chaotic and ridiculous scenes (like the costume party at the end and practically anything involving Peter Sellers) tend to hit even harder not despite but because of those tamer moments.
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2019 13:01:08 GMT -5 by windfisch
Post by Ace Whatever on Aug 8, 2019 5:09:42 GMT -5
I also love these types of movies. Though this is the first time I've ever heard to them being referred to as farce.
I never understood why the stuff by the Wayans and the Zucker brothers devolved into incredibly crass garbage from the late 90's onwards. I can watch Airplane or Hot Shots over and over forever even without understanding some of the references but I'll be damned if I ever have to watch Scary Move 2/4 again.