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The Rise of Thadland is a fantastic example of trying to make something a more extreme version of an already extreme concept. Another example of this is NPH as Barney in later seasons of HIMYA. When HIMYA found out people loved Barney, well they tried to make him more Barney-ish. It became very hard for the audience to view Barney as redeemable after this. When you make yourself a parody of yourself you risk becoming unrelatable and annoying.
BMS took characters balancing on the edge and gave them a shove with a Mack truck. It was like adding speed to an energy drink and wondering what went wrong. All of your characters became like the extreme guys from Harold and Kumar, and nobody likes those guys.
Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)
On a scale from one to zero
Burnham's most well crafted and honest stand-up to date. A performance that is both a slap in the face and a warm embrace to Sartre cliche "hell is other people". Sartre suggests we can not escape the judgment of each other, and Burnham laments a life lived in that judgmental spotlight. Burnham then flips the idea and adds a fear of the darkness outside the public gaze.
This leaves the audience wondering if the spotlight is truly a product of the external world, or is it a brightness radiating from within. Is our happiness self-determined, does it come from others, or is there a codependency to happiness? Maybe Burnham was right before, maybe life on earth could be heaven and we could all make happiness. Maybe we just need to try....
The End of the F***ing World (2017)
The first season was an interesting story of social bonds breaking and forming and breaking again. A youthful wandering mess that displayed struggles between codependency and personal autonomy.
The second season used irony and a fractured swaying depiction of optimism versus pessimism as both perspectives are forced to face the wonder and brutality of reality. A slow dirge in memoriam to the lost youth of the first season.
Wonder Woman (2017)
What is love? Baby don't hurt me.
I knew little of Gal Gadot before seeing Wonder Woman, and I had some reservations about her playing a hero who rivals the power of Superman. Just a glance at Gadot it was obvious she could pull off the beauty and grace of the goddess, but I had my doubts that she could display the sheer power that has amplified since the days of the great Lynda Carter. My doubts were so very unfounded, Gadot proved to be the only choice for a contemporary Wonder Woman.
The only problem I really had with this movie was the inclusion of a love interest. I see some parallels between Wonder Woman and Thor. Both of these protagonists could have stood on their own without any romantic relationships. These movies could have been used to show that the heart-shaped crutch is unnecessary, and that men and women can work together without sleeping with each other.