“And if I laugh at any mortal thing,
‘Tis that I may not weep.” – Don Juan, Lord Byron
“Some things are of that nature as to make
One’s fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.” – Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
I still have some key 2013 films to see before I can post my Top 10 Films of 2013, so I will do a new category in the meantime.
When I say “comedies that become dramas” I don’t mean the films that mix comedy and drama together (i.e. “dramadies” or “comedy/dramas”.) No, I mean films that start out pretty much as straight comedies with lot of laughs then take a turn somewhere in the middle and become dramas with little, if any, humor. This can be a difficult transition to make without losing the audience. The films that do manage to achieve this are well worth recommending.
And I am not referring to films that simply tack a sad ending onto a comedy. I can’t think of any film off the top of my head that was able to make that work without feeling manipulative. No, this category is for films that spend extensive parts of their run time as first a comedy, then as a drama, with little mixing of the two.
As I review the films I will come back and add the links for them here.
Defendor (2009) – posted February 23, 2011
Pleasantville (1998) – posted September 17, 2012
Something Wild (1986) – posted July 5, 2013
On to the reviews…