I’ve been looking back and have come to the conclusion that I’ve been recommending comedies for the weekend. I will change that… another weekend. In the meantime, here’s a comedy that’s funny, brazen and totally worth the time. Here we go: five reasons why, this weekend, you need to watch Hamlet 2.
|This is wonderful.|
#1 – It features a godddamned sequel to Hamlet
Just how to does one manufacture a sequel to a play that many rabid Shakespeare fans would call the greatest tragedy of all time? (Full confession: while I like Hamlet, I don’t think that the sun shines out of Shakespeare’s ass. Titus Andronicus was insane and so much more enjoyable.) When you’re a hack drama teacher losing his job, you find a way. Many characters point out that a sequel just couldn’t happen because everyone’s dead. Pfft. Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) isn’t about to let a thing like logic stand in his way. This is the man that brings his community stage adaptations of Erin Brockovich. Bring it, bitches.
#2 – It rips on artist types
We know that Dana is insufferable. He’s every acting cliche and then some. Dana is a failed actor living in Arizona and, being a far greater actor in his mind than he is in practice, now teaches drama for gas money. Dana flounders and doesn’t want to admit that while he loves it, acting just isn’t what he’s good at. He’s not even a great teacher. You have to admit, everyone has met at least one ultra-artsy type for whom you can foresee this future. You know exactly who I’m talking about: that one twit that can’t take the hint that he or she can’t act, yet this person must look down his or her nose at you on every tiny little subject because that person is an art-eest whose opinions matter more than yours. Watching that person fail via Dana is immensely fun.
|Everyone has met at least one insufferable asshole like this.|
#3 – The musical numbers
“Rock Me Sexy Jesus.” “Raped in the Face.” A gay men’s choir singing “Maniac.” Surprisingly, the songs are deeper than what you’d expect, and a hell of a lot of fun. Catchy too. The first time I heard “You’re As Gay As the Day is Long,” I had it stuck in my head for two days. Further confession: I hate musicals. As in, one minute into Frozen in the theater with my kids, I was pondering a leap from the balcony and whether or not it would be strong enough to kill me or just render me paralyzed and stuck listening to the songs. If I can tolerate musical numbers on film in this one, that’s saying something.
#4 – The young critic
Dana clashes with a young critic (Shea Pepe) at school, and he desperately craves this kid’s approval. Their interactions are equal parts profound and absurd. I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that it’s an accurate representation of how kids feel when they forge their opinions from topics such as art to school budget cuts. Stop and listen, and you’ll find that many of them are as articulate as this kid when given a chance to talk.
#5 – Steve Coogan’s meltdowns
Steve Coogan has a nice, smooth voice. It works with either a British or American accent. So when he goes from zero to Princess Bitch Fit in thirty seconds flat, it catches you slightly off guard before it becomes funny as hell. He has the perfect voice to have a hissy fit. Damn does this man pitch a fit in this movie. Sometimes, it’s funny to watch someone lose his or her temper. The rants he goes on are unfiltered, foul-mouthed and everything you’ve ever wanted to say in a moment of frustration.
|These meltdowns are great.|
As with last week, this one sadly takes some digging to find. However, it is well worth the watch. Let me know what you think in the comments below.