I recently saw Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds, and was pleasantly surprised at how awesome the movie was. Not only was there incredible action and cinematic effects, but I found myself laughing at several points in the movie. Deadpool is a superhero film, not a comedy, but for some reason this movie was funnier than Grown-Ups and Jack and Jill, even though those movies actually featured actors who specialized in doing comedic roles. Why am I finding a superhero movie to be more hilarious than an average comedy film of the 21st century?
Unfortunately, it appears that the comedy genre is suffering. Is it a lack of creativity? Are fans expecting too much from comedic films? What is wrong with comedy? The movies still consist of actors who were in many great classics, but it is rare nowadays to come across films that capture the audience like Step Brothers and Anchorman did. Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson, Steve Carrell. These guys are still in modern movies, but comedic films just do not get the same thrilling buzz and reactions they were once accustomed to. If Deadpool can be considered a great comedy movie despite being about a superhero, then actually comedies starring comedic actors should rise above it.
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill. These are the new guys on the block, and unfortunately are carrying the comedy genre on their backs. I love the movies they are in and I hope these guys can help the comedy genre find its feet. Otherwise, Deadpool will reveal that comedy is now a mix-in rather than a stand alone.