Bubble bursts with unfulfilled potential | 25YL


by Judd Apatow The bubble is a movie about making a movie where the movie they were making turned into a movie about making that movie. The all-star cast of Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest: Memories of a Requiem must overcome their differences when it seems the hellish shoot will never end and maniacal security personnel take over the hotel they are staying in. All of this, and it’s happening right in the middle of the COVID pandemic.

The very fact that The bubble exists asks the question: can you do a comedy about the COVID pandemic? Fundamentally The bubble is about the chaos that ensues when a group of interested people are trapped together for too long. It’s not need necessarily be about COVID (I think the same premise could have been realized in a different way). But he is about COVID – it’s a movie about making a movie during a global tragedy, and it’s about this specific tragedy that we find ourselves in right now. This means that he can ask a second question: is it really need a comedy about the COVID pandemic right now? The problem with The bubble that is, he cannot decide on the answer.

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It is said a few times that they do Cliff Beasts to distract people from their problems. Maybe that’s it The bubble wants to do. But can you take people’s attention away from the pandemic while dealing with it so explicitly? Plus, with seemingly all the commercials and billboard shows trying to make you laugh with handwashing jokes, seeing the bright side is also starting to get exhausting.

Luckily, I mostly found The bubble very funny (although I wonder if there might be a bit of a clash between American and British humour). Harry Trevaldwyn is particularly brilliant as the medical officer, Gunther. There are several sex scenes (one of which is actually a bizarre and hilarious hallucination) that seem to be more funny than sexy and succeed to varying degrees; the growing tension that leads to sex is usually much funnier. With all those hormones raging, it’s no wonder their “gelatinous cock and balls” turn out to be the downfall of the cliff beasts. The most tiring element is, predictably, the social media gags. You may find yourself thinking “wow, Pedro Pascal has moves”, but if you find the Tik Tok dances boring in real life, you’ll find them boring in the movie.

“Are you worried that people won’t want to watch a dinosaur movie given the severity of the global pandemic?

—Scott the EPK guy

Dustin (David Duchovny) clashes with the director (Fred Armisen) over script rewrites. Dustin wants to reinforce the environmentalist message, but the director maintains that nobody cares and that “people go to see movies to see dinosaurs explode and die”. There’s a difference between the kind of movie that just wants to entertain you and one that also wants to make you think. A COVID comedy can’t really avoid being the latter, but it looks like The bubble resist being in regards to anything. In a way, it’s about the acting profession, although I never know if I’m supposed to pity actors or hate them. Maybe the fact that I can do both is the point. The bubble expresses humility through self-mockery and pessimism about the film industry, but while she gets confused, she also tries to defend her right to exist. So it’s not that the movie lacks substance, it’s more that the substance is very muddled.

Dieter and Sean are lounging on couches drinking wine and laughing
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The characters all start out very cartoonish, which suits the genre perfectly. More, The bubble can get away with the cliché of the self-centered, follower-obsessed teenager because all the other characters are equally self-centered (and I have to say that Krystal’s misuse of the word “gaslighting” is a perfect dismantling of my generation ). However, they remain very superficial throughout the film, which is a shame given the level of talent of the cast. Two of the characters are surprisingly bloody written – the fact that this happens could be an indication that there were too many characters to begin with. Group scenes that focus on the central cast and their interactions with each other are usually the best. They are all talented comedians who could have been put to better use. More dialogue between them and fewer celebrity cameos would have justified the two-hour runtime.

In conclusion, The bubble maybe a little too long and a little too self-deprecating, but I was thoroughly entertained. Clearly it is possible to make a comedy taking place during the pandemic, and for it to be funny without being insensitive. Is it the right time for a comedy movie? Can movies make a difference, or is it enough to entertain people? The most interesting aspect of The bubble this is how he expresses anxiety about these issues. Perhaps I was wrong to suggest that he should have known the answer. But overall, there’s a lot going on in this movie, and the best bits can tend to be obscured. He delivered on his promise to make me laugh, but not on much else.


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