Saturday, May 12, 2012

Movie Time! 'Best in Show'

"Mater mockumentarian Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) is at it again with his snarky send-up of canine culture that traverses the galloping neuroses surrounding one highly competitive dog show in Pennsylvania.  Talented improvisers Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, and Catherine O'Hara elevate this satire to the stuff of genius.  Fans of 'This is Spinaltap,' televisions 'SCTV'-- and dogs of course-- will find much to love."

I saw this with my boyfriend several weekends ago.  We both really liked "This is Spinaltap" because of the raw, almost off-hand humor.  Really, "Best is Show" was Spinaltap with dogs and  mildly insane humans.

I almost didn't want to review this because it has been sitting in my drafts folder for so long, but despite the time that has past, it was a movie that can't be forgotten no matter how good or bad you think that it was.  So I have no problems here.

I thought the build-up to the dog show was good.  It didn't last too long, I didn't feel like I was missing anything.  Good balance and a good way to set the stage, introducing us to the families and the atmosphere it takes to raise a show dog. There was quite a variety of families too, which was neat.  The dogs had all won some kind of prize before, but it was how the families reacted to their being a champion.

The humor was nice because it felt like the characters weren't trying to be funny, but oftentimes, the characters provoked a laugh or two.

The interview format is also the same as Spinaltap.

The drawback that I found to this movie is if you've seen Spinaltap, there are a few things recycled.  The type of humor and the way it is presented.  If you liked Spinaltap, there's a chance that you'll like this, but if you didn't, it's Spinaltap minus a band, adding a dog show.  Not a lot changed, which I find hard to appreciate.  It would have been nice to see the director/writer do something a little bit differently rather than just changing the story around the framework.

If you're a fan of raw humor, dogs, and a little insanity, this movie is for you!

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