Well, I’ve already embarrassed myself enough this week, so why not? I like watching Center Stage and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, so why while I’m at it, why not admit to liking something that’s completely fucking stupid and not as strong as other comedies? I can’t help it; I like Rocket Man despite its faults. It’s perfect for the kid crowd (feel free to put it on for your kid and tune out). Here are five reasons to watch it if you’re brave this weekend.
|Go ahead and laugh at me.|
#1 – The childlike main character
There is a certain glee in watching someone who is a really large child. Between the blaming of others for accidents and the constant questioning (“Are we there yet? Can I drive?”), our main character is arrested development at its finest. Aside from managing to be funny, there’s a degree of charm in the naivete.
#2 – The isolation chamber scene
Harland Williams’s Fred Randall has to endure 24 hours in isolation to prove that he can hack it in space. The problem is that his competition is in the next chamber and can hear everything. It’s a short scene, but it’s my favorite in the movie. In part because I’d pull that crap to keep myself entertained. Hell, I have done stuff like that to keep myself entertained (as well as the others around me). This scene alone is good enough reason to watch.
#3 – One-liners
Sarcasm is one more service I offer. Some of the one-liners in this film are extremely sarcastic and therefore appealing to me. I’ll spoil one: “I’ll enter the same calculations using what we like to call ‘the right way’.” There are more. It’s quotable.
#4 – Physical comedy
Yes, I know, this is half of why I watch most movies. I can’t help it – someone getting the crap kicked out of them is funny! There’s something satisfying about a whack to the face or slipping and falling. Maybe it’s because I do so much of it on my own that I’ve learned to laugh at myself. Whether it’s an unintentional whack to the head or being tested to withstand G-force, this one will provide some laughs. It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye; then it’s hysterical.
#5 – Adventures in boredom
I love seeing what other people can come up with when they’re bored out of their skull. I know what I get like when I’m bored; it’s nice to see what someone else does. It’s the little ways you find to entertain yourself that become humorous to an on-looker. This movie has those moments peppered throughout; there are too many to mention. Call it applauding an active imagination. Because really, life should be fun. It’s too long and boring otherwise.
|Oh, the things you do to keep yourself entertained…|
Like I said, this one is good for the under-10 crowd. It’s available on iTunes and Vudu if you’re interested, though I completely understand if a family screwball comedy isn’t for you.