An Ode to Dramedies

by inbetweenroses

Woe is me, for I have neglected this of blog of mine yet again. Je suis désolé! Writing should never have to take a backseat, regardless of the demands and bustle of routine, and I did quite the contrary. However, realizing that many posts of mine begin with an apology (oops!), I shall redirect this guilt towards blogging more frequently. *cue happy dance*

Lately, I have been exploring the dramedy genre, which as the name gives away, is the fusion comedy and drama. This genre, although quite prevalent and not at all out of the ordinary, has lately caught my interest. The reason being: a realization and appreciation of the balance created when working with the two genres – which are certainly quite opposite of each other. I’ve taken the understanding that the comedy aspect tends to be more implicit (and if done well, very humorous!), while the drama is more subtle (and not over the top, thankfully!).

I have rounded up two of the my favourites from my summer vacation Netlflix ventures, so without further adieu:

Queen, 2014
An awe-inspiring work of art that has easily made its way into my all-time favourites.  Admittedly, I had endeavored into the story of Queen with low expectations, believing it to be akin to recent Bollywood blunders (names shall not be named, but I’m sure we have all had enough of police-related comedy numbers, amirite!). Needless to say this misconception was quickly cleared up and I truly appreciated the attention to detail and the nuanced story-telling. Directed by Vikass Bahl, the movie encourages its viewers to seek out their own identities, in a humorous and heart-felt way. It maps out the adventures of Rani, a traditional desi girl, lacking majorly in the confidence department. She decides to pursue her honeymoon solo, travelling around Europe, when her fiancé breaks up with her.

Tokens of brilliance:
We are made to fall in love with Rani’s fiancé, Vijay as he charmingly dotes her, making Rani’s heartbreak so close to home. However, even more brilliant is the way director, Vikass Bhal makes us fall out of love with Vijay, as the character begins to gradually show his true, dominating and overbearing personality.
– Lisa Haydon as Vijaylakshmi. Need I say more?
– Drunk Rani and the spillage of all of her woes, when she vents to her new friend. Dying of laughter could definitely be a side-affect for viewers!
– The affirmation that friendship transcends borders,  language, gender, individual problems etc. as Rani makes unlikely, but loyal friendships.
– London Thumakda. Every wedding’s anthem, from now, until eternity.

Celeste and Jesse Forever, 2012
Celeste and Jesse Forever, you had me at Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg! Celeste and Jesse, the film’s leading pair, had been best friends, high-school sweethearts, and eventually pronounced husband and wife. However, the marriage eventually dissolves, but the ex-couple resolve to maintain their friendship. The struggle to maintain this friendship, while pursuing their respective romantic relationships becomes integral to the story-line. In my humble opinion, the movie fares well in its genre, joining the ranks of 500 Days of Summer.

Tokens of brilliance:
The chemistry amid the leading pair, Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg: vraiment magnifique! It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Parks and Rec/The Office alumni, Jones and the leading man of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Samberg. The two make you believe in friendship, sacrifice and love, again and again.
Of course, we must pay tribute to the stellar extended cast – a quick nod to Chris Messina and Emma Roberts!
– The film achieved such a fine balance between comedy and drama – absolutely immaculate! There were times when the heartbreak almost became too tragic, but Celeste & Jesse’s antics would have you laughing everything away. The movie did not take itself too seriously, but also, resonates well with those who can relate.
– Justin Bieber costumes, you were definitely not overseen!
– Overall, a light and charming indie film, which utilizes its creative license quite justly!