5 February 2011

Jackass 2: Moron Propaganda

Just seen the second Jackass movie, and for some reason... I’m a little shocked. I’ve not really seen that much of Jackass in the past but I’d always assumed it wasn’t my kind of thing. It just looked like a bunch of retards intentionally hurting themselves to make a bit of money.  Having now seen the second film I think I can confirm that I was right. It is literally one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen. How those guys have the brain power to move their limbs in order to hurt themselves is quite surprising really. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any more moronic they managed to out-do themselves. The way they laugh at each other and the way they laugh at things such as the existence of the fart, the more you kind of wonder if our species really is the most intelligent thing on this planet. The infantile level of humour makes it seem like a group of out-of-control mentally disabled children have grabbed a camera and decided to record what they get up to in their unintentionally gained adult bodies.

To call it a 'movie' as well, is false advertising. It’s not a 'movie' in any way whatsoever. It’s just a series of sketches prolonged over the running time of an average film. Having never seen it, I can’t be sure for definite, but I’m going to guess it’s exactly the same as the TV show, but a bit longer.

Despite all that though, it’s still fucking funny as hell. I don’t think there was one thing in there that didn’t make me laugh. Everything from people being hit in the face as they ring a doorbell to the dodge-the-bull see-saw. The taxi/terrorist sketch, as well, was amazing. With the amount of twists and turns in it, watching it unfold was like watching the Ocean's Eleven of practical jokes.

Maybe it’s not a movie, but I don’t care. It's more like a cross between the best behind-the-scenes documentary with the best blooper reel. I’d rather see that on the big screen than so many other pieces of shit that make it up there. Mamma Mia may have made a lot of money but that doesn’t stop it being bloody awful. Not only that, but this is funnier than most films as well. I laughed a hell of a lot more during Jackass 2 than I did during anything by Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider or those fuckers who keep making those shitty spoof films like Disaster Movie.

The people in Jackass are idiots- there’s no denying it. The things that they do are not in anyway the actions of normal, sane, non-brain damaged people... but in a way they are also a kind of genius. The pranks that they dream of are so far-fetched that they are borderline surreal. I don’t know if what they do should be classified as art but if it is then they are completely dedicated to it which is something that should, to some degree, be respected. The thing as well, is that as Jackass 2 went on, I found myself starting to like them. They just came across as mischievous which makes a nice change to all the maliciousness out there today in comedy. They seemed to genuinely like each other and at least they were enjoying themselves. When any one person was being sick or bleeding, there was at least five or six people checking they were okay whilst pissing themselves laughing. I guess it’s true that laughter is infectious.

They might be doing this for money but they’re also doing it for another reason- because they want to. Because of this, Jackass 2 is also surprisingly uplifting. They might be stupid, but they can’t be in anyway accused of being pretentious or anything like that. They’re just out there somewhere in the world making a kind of You’ve Been Framed for adults- and I’m glad. It was nice to just watch a group of guys with a few loose wires and a great sense of humour. Now it’s time for some catch up. I’ve got another few Jackass films and several series to get through and I can’t wait to get to know these guys a little better...


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