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The Comedian - 3/7/2013 7:09:37 PM   
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Unlikeable protagonist - 3/7/2013 7:09:37 PM   
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The Comedian is badly titled - it's not really about comedy at all. In fact, it's about very little. There are some wonderful sequences (an encounter on a bus strikes very true), but the meandering story and aimless realism allows very little character engagement. It's never clear why the protagonist is so unhappy. In fact, throughout the film, he's plain unlikeable. He shows no interest in his job, despite a surprisingly supportive boss (set up as fat idiot, but well-acted to the point where I actually sympathised with him), and shows no regard for other people. It's never clear why a beautiful French woman and an attractive young artist are both so attracted to him. The film is peppered with pointless arguments, which don't do anything to help understand the characters, and the protagonist is a self-involved coward. I left the cinema feeling somewhat empty.

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Unlikeable protagonist - 3/7/2013 7:09:38 PM   
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The Comedian is badly titled - it's not really about comedy at all. In fact, it's about very little. There are some wonderful sequences (an encounter on a bus strikes very true), but the meandering story and aimless realism allows very little character engagement. It's never clear why the protagonist is so unhappy. In fact, throughout the film, he's plain unlikeable. He shows no interest in his job, despite a surprisingly supportive boss (set up as fat idiot, but well-acted to the point where I actually sympathised with him), and shows no regard for other people. It's never clear why a beautiful French woman and an attractive young artist are both so attracted to him. The film is peppered with pointless arguments, which don't do anything to help understand the characters, and the protagonist is a self-involved coward. I left the cinema feeling somewhat empty.

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