I like watching comedies, but most of them are too banal and typical to be funny. The majority of jokes are devoted to sex, stupidity of teenagers who think only of sex and awkward situations connected with sex or, what it is even worse, with some physiological functions of your body. Original comedies with interesting plot have become a great rarity nowadays. There are only a few movies which I can call humorous in a positive sense.
One of the greatest modern comedies, in my opinion, is “Intouchables”. It tells the story of a disabled man and his personal assistant – sounds pretty banal, but the characters presented make this story really unforgettable. The role of assistant is performed by a young guy who has no responsibility, no respect for established rules and no desire to help the others – the qualities which are essential in his profession. However, he possesses great sense of humor which helps him to make friends with a disabled man and return the interest in life to him. The funniest episode occurs when the heroes visit opera together – the sight of singing tree is comical itself but the comment of the hero makes the audience roar with laughter.
Another great comedy which does not cover the topic of sex and its derivatives is “Artist”. It is a silent black-and-white French movie which is funny due to the face expressions made by the main hero, comical behavior of his dog and little funny details which make us smile. The movie causes not the roaring kind of laughter which makes tears appear in your eyes, but a warm smile which stays with you long after the movie is over. I think that humor should be kind as its aim is to help us to overcome difficult situations and learn to approach life and ourselves easier.
“Midnight in Paris” is not a comedy in its common sense. It is rather a romantic drama of a man who tries to find himself in the past in order to receive a chance for future. However, the intellectual humor of Woody Allen, the director of this movie, makes the audience laugh even at the most philosophical scenes. It looks like a new genre of comedy which is not funny in an obvious manner but illuminated with the warm light of humor. Surely, this film will become a great pleasure for all fans of the American literature of the middle of the twentieth century.