Published By: Puja Sinha

Beating the Festive Blues: Best of Prime Video's Comedies

Coping the end-of-festive sadness is a real deal. The shenanigans are fading away and the time has come to get back to the grind. So, here is an assorted catalogue of comedies on Amazon Prime for a dopamine rush that you deserve.

 The Birdcage by Mike Nichols (1996)

Based on La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret, The Birdcage is a comic genius and a critically acclaimed film for its portrayal of complex and rounded homosexual characters. The film has a balanced proportion of farce, humanity, and high-wire acting firmly embedded in the plot that involves a middle-aged gay couple’s interaction with a conservative, heteronormative, and self-righteous family. The Birdcage is also a visual retreat especially with the wide-angle opening shot sweeping over the water and towards the star-studded nocturnal skyline of Miami’s South Beach.  

 A Fish Called Wanda by Charles Crichton (1988)

The crazy double-crossing crime hullabaloo and heist comedy weirdly makes for a soul-quenching watch while recovering from all the festive extravaganza and realising it will not come back for at least another year. Monty Python’s humour is essentially absurd. Add to this absurdity a pinch of perversity, a whole lot of murkiness, and the excess tour de force performance by Kevin Kline. You will be reminded of the dark comedies of The Coen Brothers as you sit through this bunch of idiotic criminals and scornful moral confusion.

Licorice Pizza by Paul Thomas Anderson (2021)

The American comedy shines with its stellar cast and intelligence. Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is a darling, dexterous work that cinematises a jumbo slice-of-life glimpse into the lives of those who have grown up on the periphery of 1973 Hollywood. Much of the comedy is rooted in the whimsies of this film. After all the serpentine mazes of Gary and Alana’s romantic relationship, we are left with a comedy that feels heartwarming, soothing, and gorgeous and perhaps more so as it evokes the Harold and Maude era. 

 Meet the Parents by Jay Roach (2000)

A phenomenal studio comedy, Meet the Parents has a remarkable presence in pop culture. The comedy stems from the ancient urge of a suitor’s need to prove their worth to prospective wives or/and parents-in-law, and we really are blown away by the sheer variations that this trope could produce. Its merit as a wholesome family entertainment far surpasses its excellence for the farcical. It might be a mainstream American comedy, but hands-down it is one hilarious comedy. We have Ben Stiller—a performance so rich in the rich verities of shmuck-dom, whose on-screen personality is so adoringly contrasted with that of Robert De Niro. The comic verse and audiences’ alacrity to react to it have made the movie a tremendous work of art.

 Much Ado About Nothing by Kenneth Branagh (1993)

Starring Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, and Denzel Washington, Much Ado About Nothing enjoys a sacred reverence across the realms of entertainment, academia, and art and theatre. A spirited and crafted rendition of William Shakespeare’s drama, the cinema has won hearts with the veracity of its wit, romance, and rambunctious execution. With all its mighty production set and triumphant temperament, Much Ado About Nothing is a breezy watch; somewhat of a humble comic production of the playwright and director who is known for ambitious theatre works and blockbusters of epic scales.

 Since the Prime interface could be tricky when it comes to digging its gems, having a list at your disposal could be pretty useful; especially when you are too low to truly understand what will really tingle your funny bone.