If it's crap ... We'll tell you
In the past year, Kick-ass, Machete, and Scott Pilgrim were all big name, well-made movies all with one thing in common: they all had absurd plots.
Now I know 2 out of those 3 were adaptations from other media. I know they were movies with great production value, and I'm not saying they were bad movies. But you have to admit the plots of each one were ridiculous. Since they were all released so close to each other it's almost as if it's a period of time in film where these absurd movies are getting pretty damn good ratings.
They were summer movies.... most summer movies are really just silly, fun movies to escape.
I also find it hard to dub it the year of absurd movies based off of three movies. If anything this was a fantastic year for Hollywood... in my opinion at least.
I don't know, it kind of seems that "absurd" is a very subjective term that's difficult to classify a movie with.
-Machete was absurd because it was an attempt to capture the ridiculous camp of "Mexploitation" movies, much in the way that Black Dynamite did for blaxploitation. I mean, BD has an ending fight that involves President Richard Nixon and nunchuks. But once you realize what Rodriguez is trying to capture with Machete, it doesn't seem so "out there".
-Kick-ass was based off of a (bad) comic series that hadn't been finished yet at the time of the scriptwriting, if I recall, which would account for the ending. I guess Hit Girl would probably be "absurd", though.
-I haven't seen Scott Pilgrim, but it seems to be heavily based in video game/hipster culture from what little parts I've glimpsed in previews. That would explain alot.
So I don't know if you could really claim that "absurd" films are becoming trendy this year, to be honest. I mean, it's only three films out of how many this year?
Pretty much the "absurd" doesn't matter when the film making is this great. You can make a great movie out of anything (see Social Network), even "absurd" things.
Also, I threw that shit before I walked in the room!
"You told him to keep an eye out for me". *throws eyeball at generic Asian kung-fu villain*
That movie is too quotable for a thread, nevermind a post. Any film from hereon that uses racist dick shrinking malt liquor as a plot device should win every award possible.
"I'll beat the drugs out of you!"
"No Black Dynamite, we tried that already!"
Oh god, this has to be my last reply or this will just turn into the screenplay.