Best Comedy Films of recent times
written by Souranath Banerjee
Best Comedy Films of recent times: Overdose of sex and violence. Overdramatic celebrities and never-ending super-hero battles. Excessive use of computer graphics and 3D glasses. At the end of the day it all feels so artificial and commercial and unreal.
Sometimes all you want is a good sensible film with believable characters and a realistic story line, an easy going comedy that simply makes you laugh – but nowadays such movies are pretty hard to find.
Well, you don’t have to look any further!
Here’s a list of the Best Comedy Films of recent times which will simply make your day a happy one! Enjoy.
10. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6raUs0CiCQ
A cool freshman pitcher who steers his way through various new life experiences, making friends and finding love!
Directed by Richard Linklater, a classic take on college bonding!
May be considered as a continuation to either Dazed and Confused (1993) or may be even a follow-up of Boyhood (2014).
9. Captain Fantastic (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1kH4OMIOMc
Residing inside a forest, a devoted father has a very different idea of parenting (home schooling his children). But his life philosophies are soon challenged by the regular norms of our modern society!
Directed by Matt Ross, a brilliant comedy with such a powerful embedded meaning to it all.
This movie though pretty differently conceptualized still reminds me of Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zru-1DbbcsA
The epic story of a legendary concierge and his lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend!
Memorable performances by Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe and Tilda Swinton among others.
Directed by Wes Anderson, by far the most stylish comedy I have seen!
7. The Lobster (2015)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU29VfayDMw
An extremely twisted and dark Greek comedy set in a dystopian near future where being single is forbidden by the laws of The City!
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, and starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly and Ben Whishaw among others; a gem of a comedy, quirky and entertaining in the best way possible!
6. The Nice Guys (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVd-EuoEf3U
A missing girl and a dead porn star kicks off an investigation lead by a mismatched pair of private detectives none other than Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Directed by Shane Black, underrated and yet a superbly subtle and dark, often a bit violent but overall a solid comedy that perfectly sets up the mood for some good laughs. Cool performance by Angourie Rice.
5. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZEWtyhpes
Bowled over by this brilliant vampire comedy where a documentary team follows a group of vampires trying to make a sense of their unique lifestyle!
Directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, this film from New Zealand has such a unique concept and some of the most funny characters, dialogues and situations that guarantees a continuous flow of laughter!
4. Deadpool (2016)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xithigfg7dA
Personally not a fan of superhero flicks but this one is special!
Directed by Tim Miller, Ryan Reynolds comes out as the most witty and raunchy superhero ever and that too with a quest for vengeance.
Hilarious dialogues with perfect comedy timing, complimented by lot of violence and foul language! Eagerly waiting for the sequel Deadpool 2 (2018).
3. Frances Ha (2012)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBn5dgXFMis
The combination of director Noah Baumbach and actress Greta Gerwig presents one of the most endearing film of recent times!
A brilliant black and white comedy drama that tells the tale of an ordinary yet hilarious New York girl named Frances. She is quirky, childlike but superbly entertaining!
Beautifully shot by Sam Levy, the film is as spontaneous and free-spirited as it’s leading lady.
Don’t miss another cool comedy from the same director-actress combo is Mistress America.
2. The Hangover (2009)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcdUhdOlz9M
The most commercially popular Hollywood comedy of this decade and certainly one of the best laugh riots ever made!
Directed by Todd Phillips, the story of four friends and their memorable bachelor party in Las Vegas of which they don’t seem to remember anything!
Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Justin Bartha – they absolutely rock the show!
Don’t you miss out the two awesome sequels The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013)
- The Intouchables (2011)
Intouchables (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34WIbmXkewU
This french film is about a young man from a difficult background who takes up a job to look after a rich paralytic aristocrat – and then of course it’s about their eventual bond of friendship.
Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, and such brilliant performances by François Cluzet and Omar Sy; this film is undoubtedly the best comedy film of this era!
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)
En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (original title)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7pna4laaAk
This Swedish film is an altogether different kind of comedy (don’t expect any periodical gags or laughs), this is humor so dry and often tragic even!
Directed by acclaimed Roy Andersson, a series of absurdist episodes maintaining a thin line between reality and fantasy, apparently nonsense but then again it’s deeply philosophical, in a way questioning the very essence of our human existence!
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