Laughter is universal, which is why comedies are so easy to watch with a group of friends or by your self. One thing that some people may not know is that comedy is one of the hardest this to write, and according to Carol Burnett, ‘Comedy is tragedy plus time.’ Perhaps the biggest tragedy about comedy is that it is never taken serious.
The problem is that, no matter how loved some comedies are they are always looked at for anything more than just a laugh, even though they can connect with us on so many levels, where some genres can’t. The list of Best Pictures for the Academy Awards helps illustrate this point. True there is nothing very special about how most comedies are filmed, but the dialogue and characters are often more real than those in a drama. Think about how many times you’ve watched a comedy and thought, ‘That is something I would say’, or realized how much a certain character is like a friend?
Perhaps the biggest problem with so many comedies is that they mainly appeal to much younger audiences. With little incentive for older viewers, which make up most movie critiques. This in turn leads to so many poor movie reviews and therefore a lack of following that some movies should have had.
To make things clear, I am not saying that the critiques are wrong about comedies, but that they just have trouble connecting with them. I’m also not saying that all comedies are good, like any other genre there are some horrible comedies out, but no one should let that hinder them from taking a good look at this powerful genre of film.