It seems that it has been a long time since I saw a good comedy on film. Good comedies, I know, are rare, but at least part of the seeming scarcity might be attributed to my sweeping ignorance of good films in general, comedies included. I love to have a good belly laugh, and I wish I knew more comedies that could provoke one.
May I ask your advice? I would very much like to hear about your favourite comedies, with perhaps a word or two (or not) about why you like them. For the record, my favourite comedies to date are probably these, each of which I can watch again and again in a spirit of contented delight:
- Groundhog Day
- Much Ado about Nothing (the Branagh version)
- The Hudsucker Proxy
- The Princess Bride
- This is Spinal Tap
That list is in alphabetical, not ranked, order, but it is fitting that Groundhog Day is at the top, for it is my overall favourite, and the only film on the list that qualifies as deep comedy. As is evident, I am not a great enthusiast for black (that is, dark) comedy; Fargo, as great as it is, was left off intentionally. I want to laugh heartily, not uneasily.
I have only just now realized that The Hudsucker Proxy is a Coen Brothers film. I had no idea. And it was co-written by Sam Raimi. No wonder I like it so much.
Note that the oldest film on the list is Spinal Tap, from 1984. This reflects my general ignorance of, and slight allergy to, older films. I have tried Dr. Strangelove, and I have tried Blazing Saddles, and I just couldn’t get through them. It’s my fault. I am willing to try others.