Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,


So I netflixed Dodgeball for some reason. Probably because it had Alan Tudyk and Steven Root, and I think it got decent reviews. I honestly can't remember why I put it in the queue, nor why I let it drift to the top (that may well have been an accident).

It turns out, it's a pretty decent comedy. The thing I noticed being particularly good is the pacing and editing. I say this because I watched it in bits and pieces while doing other things, and I kept finding myself watching for longer than I intended, because there weren't any good stopping points.

Also, it's very aware that it's having fun with its trope without being overly wink-wink-nudge-nudge about it. Near the end, there's an object that's actually labeled "Deus Ex Machina", but it just quietly sits in the background, there for you to notice, or not.

Since I started listening to commentary tracks, I notice a lot more about the construction of film & television than I used to. It feels almost like learning to read a foreign language...

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