Saturday, March 27, 2010
In Hot Duck Soup
movie suggestion request has resulted in a few people suggesting Marx Brothers movies, and this in turn has reminded me of an incident from High School.
Back in the day, I was in a film class. We mostly watched movies and abused having access to film equipment, and I sat in a corner with three friends. It doesn't sound bad, and yet I still somehow managed to find the class aggravating (I was super good at finding high school classes aggravating). This was mostly due to the discussions we'd have about the movies.
One movie we watched in particular was Duck Soup. It wasn't a bad movie, and I'm sure it was hilarious back in its day (as opposed to my day), but the movie has one major flaw that is in no way its fault: a lot of its jokes have been used repeatedly in Looney Tunes cartoons. Watching it felt like watching a black and white live action version of Bugs Bunny. Combine that with sitting in a classroom and it being the last class of the day, and I barely laughed. My friends didn't laugh much, either.
The rest of the class, however, found it hilarious. They laughed throughout the film, and this somehow made it even less funny for me. Maybe they were secretly laughter vampires, draining the funny and keeping me from laughing, too. I don't know.
When it came time for the mandatory class discussion, the majority of the class was singing the movies its praises and talking about how unpredictable it was. When I was called upon to give my opinion of the movie, I was honest about not finding it funny. The class defensively insisted that I defend my lack of enjoyment, and in the course of trying to do so, I let slip how their laughter had made it worse. You can guess how well that went over.
I have many reasons for not holding it against people when we aren't in agreement about liking or disliking certain things. I suspect that one of them is remembering what it was like being backed into that corner and neck deep in hot duck soup.
Posted: 3/27/2010 03:27:00 PM