Twenty Years In The Making

Entertainment — November 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm by

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This Friday, Dumb and Dumber To will be released and millions of avid fans will flock to the theaters for the most anticipated comedy of all time. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, and the Farrelly Brothers are back at the helm writing and directing. I’ve seen every notable comedy of the past 40 years and the original Dumb and Dumber is the greatest comedy every made, hands down.

The original gave us such iconic lines like,”Big Gulps huh…well see ya later,” and “well if that gentleman over there is Seabass.” The scene when the Turbo Lax kicks in, and Harry has quite the experience on the faulty toilet at the house of the girl he is about to take out on a date will always be my number one. There have been countless shitting jokes since then, but that one will never be matched.

I think we should all temper our expectations going into the film though. I know for myself, as long as I don’t expect just an extension of the greatest comedy ever made, I can go in and enjoy what I’m watching instead of satisfying this impossible expectation. Let’s be honest, the film will almost certainly follow the same blueprint as the first one. The same jokes with slightly different punch lines, and a few minor alterations from the flow of the first movie. That seems to be the norm for Hollywood comedy sequels, but to me that’s what makes the sequels stale. A perfect example is the Hangover franchise, as they literally did the same movie in a different location the second time around. I want to see more of what 22 Jump Street did, and stray from the pattern of the first movie, even though people liked it.

My excitement to see what this crew has come up with outweighs my sneaking suspicions that the film will be disappointing. The track records alone of Jim Carrey and the Farrelly Brothers have me sold on the product. I’m really excited to see the transformation of Jeff Daniels back to his Harry character, after enjoying his work as a dramatic actor. The trailer is funny and lends good hope that the movie will deliver on it’s high expectations.So go out and see the movie, just realize that your expectations for it are impossible to reach. But if you allow yourself to enjoy it as a standalone film, I know you’ll be much happier.

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