There are days when the world just hands you a crap sundae and then proceeds to pour it all over your head. You know what I am talking about. The mornings where your alarm doesn’t go off on time, the missing sock while you hunt for your shoe, the sprint to the bus and then sound of your pants ripping, the diabolic grin on every rickshaw driver’s face when it starts to rain and et cetera and et cetera. These are the days when all you need is a some peace and quiet, may be a drink or two, some lovely company, and a Mel Brooks movie. Why Mel Brooks, you ask. Let me tell you. This guy has been in the business of being funny before most of us who are reading this article were born. One of the funniest men out there. An amazing film maker, writer, songwriter, choreographer and actor. His humour has been showcased some of the most funniest films out there.
Here are a list of Mel Brooks films which you have to watch. If not once, at least a million times until your friends and family think about committing you to the loony bin.
Blazing Saddles: A parody of the wild westerns and spaghetti westerns. A movie which actually showcases race and racism in a rather comedic and pointed way. The references to various aspects of western movies need to seen. It’s a movie where the sheriff is the hero, as is the course with most westerns, and he is black. We get to see anachronisms galore. Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman and the extremely funny Madeline Kahn, this movie should be your start into the Mel Brooks movie adventure.
Spaceballs: Another parody, this time of the one of the greatest sci-fi films of our generation, Star Wars. This one takes the potshots at other films of the sci-fi genre as well, such Star Trek, Alien and Planet of the Apes. This is actually a cult classic film, folks. The homage and parody of the film is actually evident straight from the start, with the opening scene crawl. And remember "Never underestimate the power of the Schwartz"
Young Frankenstein: A movie which takes a dig at all the horror movies out there. The old ones I mean. You get everything in this picture, a not-so-mad-but-soon-to-go-mad scientist, his Igor (or Eye-gor, depends on how you have heard), a monster, the wonderfully endowed assistant and a blood-thristy mob. A film which started the whole "Walk this way" gag. A definite watch if you think about horror films and shudder.
Robin Hood : Men in tights.: And finally a Robin Hood movie I actually enjoyed. The hero in fact has a very convincing English accent. It makes fun of the whole Robin Hood mythos which Hollywood has kept churning out. The whole swing from the chandelier and save the damsel in distress genre. The number of little jokes that fly by will make you actually stop and rewind back to the moment you first heard it, just so you could get it right. It also references the movie Blazing Saddles. Starring Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Amy Yasbeck, Dave Chappelle, and a cameo by Sir Patrick Stewart, this movie will make your stiff upper lip fall apart in riotous laughter.
That is the list, I guess. I know, I know, there are many more. But right now there is space for only so much. More on movies by Mel Brooks after these messages.
That means, go outside, get the movies, have laugh, you know you need it.