The Comedy Corner – It’s a Disaster

 Yes, I’ll admit, it seems easy to write off a film with a damning title like It’s a Disaster. While the 2012 dark comedy was the pride of countless film festivals and the recipient of several accolades, it received practically no marketing campaign when it was given a limited release in 2013 – aside from a bizarre publicity stunt done by the film’s distributor, Oscilloscope, where the entire film was uploaded in six-second segments to Vine. Yes, you read that correctly, an entire film uploaded on Vine. The lack of buzz surrounding the movie is an absolute shame, however, because it could easily be considered one of the best-hidden gems on Netflix Instant. After one bored evening of browsing Netflix led me to the film this past November, I can confidently say that It’s a Disaster hasn’t left my mind since. It’s a film that’s equally as grounded and witty as it is absolutely absurd, and simultaneously manages to be insanely watchable and thought-provoking, making it the perfect film for when you need a break from cramming for finals. Disaster tells the story of eight friends – or really, seven friends and one kind-of acquaintance – whose regular “couples brunch” is halted by the threat of an oncoming apocalypse. This group of mostly-longtime friends is left indefinitely trapped – for reasons best left unsaid in this review – within their host’s house, causing a myriad of secrets to surface. The events that follow are so poignant, yet thoroughly entertaining, that they really should be seen to believe. What sets It’s a Disaster apart from fellow apocalyptic comedies of recent like This is the End and The World’s End is its surprising amount of believability. Although many apocalyptic films have their version of the end of days be caused by some sort of definite, (to use the terms I learned from my Environmental Science class) point source, this film never quite explains, to the characters or the audience, why the events are happening. The little information that they do give, though, is becoming increasingly relevant with our country’s current state of foreign affairs, making the movie’s situation much more realistic than just your average rapture. And while the film’s characters do begin to express many of the stereotypical, absurd actions of people in apocalyptic films, their actions still feel insanely real. Anyone who is a member of a close-knit group of friends can probably see a bit of themselves in the characters, and could probably picture many of the same outcomes if their group was faced with the same scenario. This is, in part, due to the film’s terrific ensemble cast, which combines household names like David Cross, Julia Stiles, and America Ferrera, with equally terrific lesser-known actors such as Rachel Boston, Kevin Brennan, and Erinn Hayes. Overall, It’s a Disaster is a thoroughly entertaining and terribly underrated ensemble comedy. The combination of a wonderful cast, a witty script by director/producer Todd Berger, and an ending that will stick with you for a long while, make It’s a Disaster a comedy that is definitely worth a few viewings.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s