Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – Adam McKay makes a comedy about how the elites abuse their power at the expense of the rest of the world.
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The Don’t look up And Big short latest project from writer and director, Average height, average build, is part serial killer thriller, part satire that is currently looking for a studio. The star-studded cast includes Amy Adams, Robert Downey Jr., Forest Whitaker and Robert Pattinsonthe latter of which stands out as an interesting addition, as the film’s plot summary sounds a bit like the opposite of The batter. The Hollywood reporter describes Average height, average build as the story of a well-connected serial killer who pays political lobbyists to pass laws that make it easier for him to kill.
If Average height, average build looking for a buyer, I have one question I’d like to ask acclaimed writer/director McKay: is this comedy really going to make us laugh?
Adam McKay of 2023 is clearly not the same artist who co-founded Funny or dieor co-written Anchorman of Will Ferrellor served as lead writer for Saturday Night Live when the show put on skits like “NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls.” And that’s to be expected — after nearly 30 years at the pinnacle of American comedy, McKay is an undeniably more mature writer and comedian than when he freewheeled through 30 Rockefeller Plaza in his twenties.
However, as possibly the last great American comedic film writer and director, McKay’s recent comedies are such a startling departure from his early work that it feels like he’s given up key aspects of his filmmaking that first made him a Hollywood star. . While Anchorman, Talladega Nights And Stepbrothers certainly didn’t have the caustic satire of it Don’t look up or Shamethey had things like “jokes” and “levity” that made the audience “laugh”.
Over the past decade, McKay has taken it upon himself to use humor to tell power the truth, just as every politically minded comedian has aspired to do since the court jesters of old. But effective satire has more important ingredients than just an obvious political bent, and those fools didn’t deserve the right to mock the king by eschewing the pointy hats and pratfalls in favor of bullet points about income inequality.
McKay is certainly talented enough to fuse his politics and his humor in a way that honors both equally – in fact, he’s already done it. Two years after Bernie Madoff was caught spearheading the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, McKay masterfully intertwined sharp critiques of the mega-rich and their many financial crimes in the biggest spoof of the buddy-cop action-comedy genre ever created. The other guys. This film was as endlessly quotable as any early McKay project with a considerably more subtle approach to politics than his recent film – and yet its greatest achievement was actually making Mark Wahlberg sympathetic.
At any moment, McKay could very well return to form and deliver a film that is both grippingly political and enduringly entertaining. Despite the on-the-nose description, perhaps Average height, average build will be that movie. Or maybe we get a dozen jokes from 2019 Twitter in between monologues about Citizens United.