Not about a specific film or specific director, but slightly more generally - about film movements, genres, countries/regions, etc. Make it bold, and then defend it.
Parodies are massively underrated as a genre and the great parodies should be lauded among the great films.
With a statement like that, it's pretty obvious I love parodies. But it's not just that I love to laugh - while I love comedy, films that make me laugh are relatively common. But a great parody can not only make me laugh, it can make me think, make me appreciate a genre, and push me in ways that elevate anything they do in the film. Better yet, they push you to learn and reward you the more knowledge you have.
Here is my justification:
- To be a good parody, it has to be hilarious. Comedy is awesome.
- To be a good parody, it has to also nail the genre. Whatever you're parodying, you also have to provide a really good example of the genre(s).
- To be a good parody, it has to nail the film style - you should recognize shot construction, films angles, specific scenes, etc.
- To be a good parody, it has to push the viewer to learn/know more to appreciate the intricacies of the film.
- To be a good parody, it has to actually work as a good film in it's own right.
Airplane! is the obvious film to discuss here, but since there's pretty widespread acclaim for that one, I'm going to start with Hot Shots! The film is hilarious - same writer as Airplane!, the joke density is among the best you'll ever see in a film - nearly every second has some sort of joke while still advancing the plot. It's a parody of an air force action film, and is a good air force action film in its own right - you see airplane battles, drama on the base, etc. You see the elements of Top Gun in there - MANY scenes are directly lifted (and I'd argue) elevated in the parody. The better you know Top Gun, the more you'll enjoy the film, but there's more than that - the more you know film in general and weird bits of knowledge in general, the better the film is; my favorite microcosm of this is the scene in the teepees (which in and of itself is a parody of Dances with Wolves) where they're speaking a "native" language, which just happens to be random Minnesotan cities listed haphazardly. Hilarious.
But maybe you think Hot Shots! is too mainstream - OK, here are two TV examples:
1. 12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer: This is a parody of 12 Angry Men (obviously) where they debate if Amy Schumer is fuckable. Opinions of her aside, the parody is BRILLIANT. Spot-on parody - hilarious, same opening shots (e.g., opening the window), a bunch of [ingroup] debating the fate of [outgroup person], and has a solid message. Link for more info
2. Master of None: S2E1: This an amazing parody of Bicycle Thieves. Brilliant working of the show plot into the plot of the film, used many of the same camera angles, sets, and brought out a lot feelings in an unexpected way for a comedy series. Link for more info
So there's my bold opinion. What's your reaction? What's your BOLD opinion?