The Oscars came and went last night with close to zero entertainment. As usual, the Oscars was a nearly 4 hour long love fest for Hollywood. While watching the Oscars, I realized that once again, I had seen almost none of these movies. I then wondered why I hadn’t seen these movies. I realized I fancy myself more of a comedy movie fan. This realization then led me down a rabbit hole. This rabbit hole resulted in this question:
What happened to comedy movies?
I know the Oscars is usually not a place for comedy movies. The Oscars are for those who are in tune with art and cinematography. I sat and thought of the last good comedy I saw in theaters right off the top of my head. The only answer I came up with was Ted 2, which was a sequel so it is tough to count that. Here is a list of the “best comedies” of 2017 that I found. Below are a few of the movies listed under best comedies:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Daddy’s Home 2
I don’t know what you folk consider a comedy movie but the fact that Guardians of the Galaxy is the top comedy movie of the year is an issue to me. I understand that a lot of the superhero movies have a comedic element to them but at their core they are action movies in my opinion. I went a little further and took a look at 2016’s top comedies just to see if maybe it was an off year for comedy. Here is what topped 2016’s list of top comedies:
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates
Once again, a superhero movie topped the list for top comedies of 2016. This made me realize one of the issues, people are not making comedy movies as much anymore for one big reason. That reason is money. Below are the top grossing movies of recent years:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens $2,068,223,624 (2015)
Jurassic World $1,671,713,208 (2015)
The Avengers $1,518,812,988 (2012)
Furious 7 $1,516,045,911 (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,405,403,694 (2015)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi $1,330,551,629 (2017)
Comedy movies usually do not crack the top grossing movies. When you look at the above movies and see they all crack the top 10 grossing movies of ALL TIME, you then realize why comedy movies have faltered. Superhero and action movies put a lot of money in the pockets of Hollywood executives. This is the era to make a lot of money off of these movies and I cannot fault them for that.
Another reason I think the comedy genre has faltered is the lack of quality comedy actors. Throughout the years there have been groups of comedic actors that have come and gone. These are just the eras I have seen throughout my lifetime. There was the Adam Sandler era with Chris Farley, Jim Carrey, etc. This then led the way for the Will Ferrell era with Vince Vaughn, Mike Myers, etc. This led the way for actors such as Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Seth Rogen, and James Franco. Recently, the actors I just named have moved on from comedy movies.
It is time for a new era of comedy actors. We can keep the superhero/action movies around but let’s make the comedy genre great again. We need more classics, give us another Superbad we can quote to our friends for the next 10 years. Give us another Old School so we can all act like Frank the Tank for a night every now and then. Everyone loves a good flick that will make them laugh until they cry. Give it to us Hollywood, it is what the people want.