Saturday, December 7, 2013
Vacation Retrospective: National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985)
National Lampoon's European Vacation
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Jason Lively, Dana Hill, Eric Idle
Clark: I'll have a Coke.
Stewardess: Do you want that in the can?
Clark: No, I'll have it right here.
Comedy sequels are a challenge in the realm of movie franchises. Of all genres, its probably the one that proves most difficult to live up to the original. There are instances where it has been done with much success, but its very few and far between. Quick, tell me a comedy sequel you think is far superior to the original entry? Now find me where its clearly the winner in the argument. Comedy sequels usually have the daunting task of retreading the same jokes and structure that popped up the last time or really rolling the dice and going for something new. Plus, when making a comedy, you're not sure of new stuff what is going to stick and what's not. Its one thing to laugh when you're writing or shooting the movie, but its another when you actually turn to audiences to see what is working with them. Most of the time, they just recycle old jokes and it seems to please.
Next Time: We put the 'O' back in Griswold as they stay home this time!
Now...enjoy the SUPER 80s closing credits and jamming song from European Vacation