Friday, April 24, 2015

Understatement

Friday: Comic Relief


Understatement

Comic relief helps relieve the tension in drama and action films. Sometimes that comic relief comes through an understatement--dialogue that doesn't match the seriousness of the situation.

When a Chuck (Tom Hanks) sets sail in a make-shift raft and tells a volleyball...

CHUCK NOLAND
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all
the paddling. You just hang on.

... that's an understatement. (Cast Away, 2000)

In Jaws (1975), when Brody (Roy Scheider) sees the enormous shark they pursue:

BRODY
You're gonna need a bigger boat.

Yeah, you can say that again.

A favorite movie understatement is from Quigley Down Under (1990). Matthew Quigley (Tom Select) hired as a sharp shooter, is beaten to a pulp and left for dead in the Australian desert along with an outcast woman named Crazy Cora (Laura San Giacomo).

CRAZY CORA
Don't worry, on a new job it's quite
common for things not to go well at first.


4 comments:

  1. Brody's line is one of my favorites. I try to extrapolate that to other situations whenever I can :)

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I love how you use Brody's line for other situations. It's fun to adopt movie dialogue into our lives.

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  2. Trudy, these are great. Here's another one for you:

    Psycho
    Norman Bates: We all go a little mad sometimes.

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    1. Oh my goodness, yes! Definitely an understatement. *shiver*

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