|mini-review: "A Mighty Wind"
||[Nov. 19th, 2003|10:29 am]
Not as good as "best in Show", but better than "Waiting for Guffman". The main problem, I think, is that unlike dog shows, community theater, and if we want to include Spinal Tap in the series, dinosaur heavy metal bands, folk music of the 60's is not immediately inherently mockable, and thus the movie is a bit too subtle to be hysterically funny.|
There's also the more random criticism that, when rented and viewed alongside "The Simpsons- Season 1", it's impossible to think of Harry Shearer as anyone but Principal Skinner.
better than "waiting for guffman"? surely you jest. I dug "mighty wind" and esp. liked the subtlety - it was almost a drama, and the characters were more developed than in the other two - but I can't find a fault with "waiting for guffman." what makes it better to you?
I also think the deleted scenes are the best among the three dvds - can't imagine why they left the "cornwine" song out of "mighty wind."
2003-11-20 04:37 pm (UTC)
I dunno, maybe I liked Guffman least because I saw it first, and the characters in it seemed so worthy of pity, whereas I was sympathetic to most of the characters in Mighty Wind. I didn't see the deleted scenes from Guffman, but I'll agree with you that the MW scenes were pretty great.
2003-11-19 10:55 am (UTC)
A mighty disappointment
See, I found A Mighty Wind to be so on the mark, it just wasn't funny. You know? Not outrageous enough to suit my tastes. Well done and brilliant, yes, but hysterical, no.
I wouldn't agree that folk music isn't inherently mockable, but I think part of the problem is that for satire to be belly-laugh funny, the characters have to have gross character flaws. You have to be laughing *at them*, as in Spinal Tap. But what's the "fatal flaw" of 60s folk music - being overly-sincere? Laughing at nice people just isn't as much fun.
I don't know..."Waiting for Guffman" has been my favorite thus far, besides Spinal Tap I guess. But I haven't seen it yet. Maybe I'll do that.
I totally agree that Best in Show is most favorable. I've never really gotten into Guffman, and Might Wind I found ok, but neither of them could I watch over and over like even the deleted scenes from Best in Show. Woof!
confession: i've only seen spinal tap. it's good and all, but it's not good enough for me to have really wanted to see anything else he's done. hmm. like, i MUCH prefer the rutles movie which i essentially i know by heart.
i am, for your dear sakes, willing to view mr guest's other contributions to cinematix history. certainly i find him a witty and erudite fellow, which is always a good thing.http://www.rutles.org/rmain.html