I am loving the Netflix right now! There, I said it!
I am a binge-o-holic when it comes to TV. As Anna has already said in her previous post, Cinema Round Up, she loves the movies. That doesn’t mean to say she doesn’t like TV (because her watch list is much more extensive than mine!), but I feel we may not be friends if she knew how obsessive I get over a simple TV show. I was the student that stayed up til 2 in the morning when I had lectures at 9am and then work until midnight. I just can’t help myself! And who can blame me when shows nowadays are so damn goooood…
So, we decided to start this series where we could both (together or separately) dip in and write about what we have been watching in the comfort of our own homes.
I’ve been after some laughs recently, so I thought I would focus this post on comedies I have watched over the last couple of weeks. I hope this helps you find a few laughs for yourself! 🙂
Russell Howard Recalibrate IMDb rating 7.3
So this is one of his latest stand up gigs, performed in Brighton during Gay Pride week. First off, let me start by saying I love all things Russell Howard. His TV stuff, I think, is absolutely hilarious, but I haven’t really watched any of his tour stuff before this. Needless to say I went into it with high expectations – and it didn’t disappoint! I was in stitches! It felt very similar to his Good News show (which ran on BBC3 when that was a thing), in that it took current events and put his usual over the top energy and Bristol accents to belittle any nuisance in his path. His impressions of the Queen are just something else! I can’t imagine he will ever get a knighthood, or meet Ellen DeGeneres for that matter – the two of them in the same room would probably cause some glitch in the matrix!
Overall, I would highly recommend if you are into stand up shows. It is hard hitting in places, and can be very crude! So probably not one to watch with your mum and dad in the room, unless you want an awkward conversation about “muffling” afterwards haha!
Ricky Gervais: Humanity IMDb rating 7.9
So next up is Ricky Gervais (I really went all out on the stand up). I went into this one relatively blind so to speak – and before you say it, no, there were no beer googles involved. I’ve only watched the American version of The Office (which I bloody love!), but I have seen clips of Ricky G’s UK version. I’ve also seen him in shows such as An Idiot Abroad with Karl Pilkington and Stephen Merchant which I enjoyed, but he wasn’t the main focus in that, so going into this stand up gig I didn’t know what to expect.
I know I like comedy, I love to laugh; but I had no idea I had the capacity for such dark humour until I watched this show, and I don’t mean that in a bad way! He takes the observational comedy and mixes it with sarky banter – right up my street 😉 I get the impression he loves the controversy though, so if you are easily offended, this is probably not the show for you.
My favourite line from this show had to be “I probably should have left it…” and if you watch it, you will know why! I think we can all relate to this line at some point or other because, let’s be honest, it’s easily said with hindsight!
Santa Clarita Diet IMDb rating 7.8
So this is a Netflix original show with Drew Barrymore. I fell for the click bait on this show as I had no idea what it was about when I started watching it; the only reason I clicked on it is simply because I like Drew!
Honestly, I couldn’t get past the first couple of episodes; and they are shorter than 30 minutes so that is saying something!
From what I saw, the show was based on your average American family, when the perfect housewife suddenly takes ill and becomes “undead” (their term, not mine). To me, it felt like the bits that were supposed to be funny were forced, and the bits where it should have been serious they again tried to be funny but failed. It was all a bit too over the top to actually make me laugh out loud – sorry Anna! I know you like this show!
The Hitman’s Bodyguard IMDb rating 6.9
Last but not least – I decided to change it up and go for a film! And when I saw this come on to Netflix I knew I had to watch it. I mean come on! Ryan Reynolds AND Samuel L Jackson! You can’t go wrong with that… Could you?
When I saw the trailer for this last year, I thought it looked sooo funny. But low and behold, the only funny bits in the entire film were all in the trailer! I was so disappointed. I was expecting really witty banter between the two, especially after Deadpool (which I love!), but that was mediocre at best. The funniest moment for me had to be when Jackson jumped off a roof and bumped into scaffolding the whole way down, like something out of You’ve Been Framed.
Its only saving grace was Salma Hayek’s character: Sonia. She was feisty and witty and I loved her in this! And what really grinds my gears is that I had no idea she was in it! The whole film was marketed around Ryan Reynolds and Jackson, clearly because of all the Marvel hype surrounding them both at the time. And the worst part is, I clearly fell for it as I was so excited to watch it.
This is one of those movies that is probably great to watch on a plane, when you are just wishing away the hours until you land and not really concentrating on the film because of all the noise anyway. It has a couple of good chase scenes, but if you are looking for gut wrenching laughs, I would give this one a miss.
And that’s my comedy watch list on Netflix so far! Let me know if you have watched any of the above, and whether you liked them or not – don’t worry if you don’t agree with me! I would love to hear from you 🙂 I am thinking of focusing on dramas next, but if you have any suggestions for genres or specific shows you think I should be watching then please comment below and let me know!
Until next time,