👀 Theatre of the absurd
#237 | Lights. Camera. Laughter
Watched a Marvel movie lately? Did it make you wonder what the writers were thinking? The one that really got me scratching my head was the new Thor movie - some of those plot lines were so awkwardly obvious. How on earth did the writers convince the producers these were good ideas?
Over the years, my friends and I have laughed countless laughs over the absurdities in the movies. Any logical discussion about a movie would eventually stray to absurdities and plot holes. Eventually, dissecting the bizarre stuff became our favourite sport.
I missed the laughter and the banter that came with dissecting these films with my friends when I moved back home during Covid. I still do.
On one of many aimless YouTube surf sessions during the lockdown, I stumbled upon Pitch Meetings. This channel with hilarious movie satires used to be part of Screen Rant but has since become its own thing.
The host Ryan George has impeccable comic timing and a talent for playing several roles simultaneously. There's the frazzled writer pitching ridiculous ideas and the studio executive who embraces them. Pitch Meetings feels like I'm hanging out with like-minded people (okay, one person) who also questioned the same cinematic choices I did. Not the same as getting together with my friends, but a close second.
One of my favourites is the pitch meeting of 1997's Batman & Robin, the legendary attempt to salvage the trainwreck Batman Forever. There's Home Alone, the iconic movie that had us all questioning the limits of human endurance and the miraculous powers of booby traps. Pitch Meetings takes an 'interesting' approach to this holiday classic. In Justice League, Pitch Meetings takes aim at everything related from Henry Cavill's ridiculous moustache controversy to the iceberg of questionable decisions surrounding the Man of Steel. All in good (true) fun. Not a DC fan so this was doubly appealing.
Watch. Enjoy. Write and tell me which ones you liked best.