Thoughts on the HIMYM finale (as mostly copied from my Twitter)
Life doesn’t give you what you want, it gives you the things that happen. Navigate them with as much love and faith as you can. That’s what I got from HIMYM as a whole.
A joke can be funny even with an awful punchline (see: The Aristocrats), stories on TV, in books, and in movies can be the same way. As long as the meat of the story is satisfying, and it gave the audience something it can be good. Good stories are never a waste.
That being said, I think the HIMYM finale was funny, touching, and uneven. Uneven mostly because of terrible pacing. (It felt like the writers really wanted it to be 2 hours long.)
Regardless, I’m seeing a lot of outraged people who hate the ending for a variety of reasons. In my opinion, it’s silly to be outraged at a television finale. Nailing it is rare, and that’s what makes the “perfect” ones as great as they are. Expecting them to be amazing kind of cheapens the ones that actually are. It’s really hard to climb mountains all the way to the top, that’s why most people never do it.
So, JoeBall inspired me to rank my favorite comedy films that have been released since 2000.
Before I get into the list, it’s important to note that I’d have definitely strongly considered the following, but I’m not sure exactly how to classify them/if they apply: How Do You Know, Spanglish, Seeking a Friend For The End of The World, High Fidelity, The Replacements.
- Old School
- The Hangover
- Tropic Thunder
- The Heartbreak Kid
- Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
- Easy A
- American Wedding
I very strongly considered these too:
- Mean Girls
- Boat Trip
- Yes Man
- Knocked Up
- 40 Year Old Virgin
- Van Wilder
- Boat Trip
- Undercover Brother
- American Pie 2
- Dumb & Dumberer
- This Is The End
For the record, the 90s had WAY better comedies :)
What would be on your list?
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night
"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."
I didn’t know this place existed until today, but now I need to go there.