[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]
The Gods Must Be Crazy (28/12/12)
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.
The Gods Must Be Crazy has a solid score of 7.1 on IMDB and 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Yet it features the acting talents of a real life Bushman called N!xau and many, many extras whose talents definitely don’t lie in acting. But you know what? The Gods Must Be Crazy is a ridiculously fun film.
It begins as something like a documentary. But slowly descends into some epic Benny Hill style comedy, complete with sped up ‘action’ scenes. Don’t let that put you off. The Gods Must Be Crazy is a very likeable film. And that lies in the sheer innocence of the film itself and its leading character of Xi, the Bushman on a journey to give back to the Gods what they gave to his people. Along the way he gets caught up in the ‘modern world’ but still maintains that innocence of someone who’s not exposed to it. There are some hilariously childish consequences. But I challenge anyone not to laugh at them. You will fail.
The film was a bit of a hit. Grossed $100 million worldwide. Spawned three sequels (All of which don’t exactly look great.) N!xau even managed to get a house with electricity for his family after his first starring role. I’d call that a win for him!
I was hoping to end my 2012’s film watching year with a decent film. And I reckon I have. The Gods Must Be Crazy hasn’t got high production values. The actors should probably be called ‘actors’. But it is a ridiculously fun ride.