If you’ve ever read the comic strip Marmaduke, you may have thought the punchline simply didn’t make it into final print, or that the humor will make sense once you’re older and more sophisticated.
Now that I’m past middle-age (I’m only 25 but can’t stay away from the flavored partially hydrogenated soybean oil that drowns my popcorn in my mega-size movie bucket) and more intelligent, I still think it’s both the worst written and drawn comic strip in the Sunday newspaper.
Since this popular comic strip has appeared regularly since 1954, that can only lead to one conclusion: I am an ignorant bigot who has no right to judge. Take a look at the trailer for the movie version. You see names like Owen Wilson, William H. Macy, Kiefer Sutherland, George Lopez, Lee Pace, and Emma Stone—all actors that have starred in their own movies or television shows. But they collaborated and sacrificed their integrity to all work together and create this mega-hit.
Fitting squarely in the CGI-talking-animal genre, this movie follows such greats as Snow Dogs, Cats and Dogs, Garfield, G-Force, and Furry Vengeance. “But wait,” you say, “Marmaduke wasn’t a box office hit.” Ah, my naïve friend, that’s the genius of the movie. Like the comic strip, the creators intended the movie to be mainly watched at home, where no one can hear you laugh. Or not laugh. But you who judge, understand that you’re relying on your own narrow experiences, along with its beliefs and biases.
Simpleton, you rely on objective data like box office receipts and the majority of the population not getting the humor. You have to look at it from the perspective of the target demographic—owners of uncontrollable Great Danes and a lame sense of humor. See, now don’t you feel ignorant?
So stop judging other movies just because you don’t like them. You may think Super-High Me is a cheap stoner rip-off of Spurlock’s eye-opening 2004 health documentary. You may think Dan Aykroyd sold out by voicing Yogi with Justin Timberlake’s Boo-Boo in the upcoming film. Or that multiple sequels to Disney cartoon classics like The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book aren’t worth seeing just because… no one watches them.
You’ll only appreciate these movies when you see them from the perspective of someone who wants to watch them. Glad I could help you with a postmodern viewpoint… Okay, I’ll admit that Paris Hilton movie The Hottie and the Nottie was absolute garbage.