I think Bringing Up Baby
is one of those films that really polarizes its audience: either you'll love it and declare it a screwball masterpiece or you'll loathe it (i.e. call it such egregious words like "annoying' and "agonizing"). I fall into the former camp.
I recently watched Bringing Up Baby
for the first time (about a week after Adam and Sam reviewed it) and I really think it's one of those films you must be prepared for in order to enjoy. You absolutely must submit yourself to the absurdist quality and anything-can-and-will happen scenarios presented in the film. Or else it will, yes, be just an agonizing experience.
But much like Sam mentioned about people's like or dislike for Will Ferrell, sometimes with comedy either you get it or you don't, and that's fair. Obviously Filmspotting didn't get it, but I completely did. But not immediately. I started watching this movie thinking this would be a fun old-old school Grant/Hepburn romantic comedy (the kind of movies I, as a female, simply love...can't help it), but I actually had to stop the film about an hour in and tell myself 'Okay, this is either the stupidest film ever made or it's a masterpiece.' I decided to sleep on it. A couple of weeks later, my anticipation was building up until I finally found time to watch it from beginning to end and I have to say... I enjoyed every single second of it. Adam mentioned in his review that watching Bringing Up Baby
was kind of like having a marching band blarring at your face. Well, I was singing right along with them.
But really -- Adam and Sam's review of Bringing Up Baby
was one of my absolute favourite reviews of Filmspotting/Cinecast. Really great and hilarious.
Unfortunately, I haven't seen The Awful Truth
so I really can't say much about it.