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Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski, 2002) 4.5/5
Believe it or not, this is the first time I was actually able to finish this film. It should be surprising because I’m usually such a sucker for mumblecore but it really bored me the first few times I watched it. Still I kept giving it a chance and finally, I was able to watch the whole thing. First thing I loved about this film is the aesthetic quality of it. 16mm with no proper lighting is probably my most favorite look on any film. At first, I hated the characters. It seemed everyone basically had the same character or the same personality, they talked the same, etc, which is what bored me about it in the past. Everyone was kind of one-dimensional. But, as the film went along, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there were some interesting revelations or depth to the characters. Take for example, Alex. At first you’d think he’s this perfectly decent and nice guy, and then later on, subtly, you’d realize what an asshole he actually is. But it was written in such a way that nothing about him as a person actually changed for you to realize that. It’s not like he was nice one second and then he turned into an asshole or whatever. He’s still the same guy but it’s the circumstances or the turn of events that actually makes you realize that he’s not what you thought he was. I also especially liked that whole scene of when Marnie was hanging out with Mitchell, playing basketball etc and then Mitchell got pissed off with her. It’s relatable, very well-written and of course added depth to their characters. Admittedly, it’s not the easiest film to watch. It’s very easy to fall asleep to, but as per my experience, if you just keep on giving it a chance, I think you might also find out that there’s something special within this film.