"The Comedian" was a film in which I had some interest, but wasn't dying to see. As such, I waited until I had a free rental code to see it.
I don't think that the film is as bad as most people say that it is. At the very least, the story is interesting. I enjoy showbusiness films, so I liked this one. I think one of the issues is that the character isn't made as relatable as he could be. He is shown as being a bit arrogant towards the beginning, however, some sympathy does begin to build over the course of the film. The film contains a lot of stand-up comedy performances, some of which are really funny, others fall flat. Apart from those moments, the film is mostly dramatic aside from a few laughs here and there.
There wasn't anything spectacular about the visual style of the film. In fact, it feels a little dated as a whole. Robert De Niro's performance is great. It's a really good callback to his role in "The King of Comedy", switching up his position. Danny DeVito and Harvey Keitel are both good in their supporting roles.
Overall, "The Comedian" is not an awful film, but it isn't a great film either. It's an easy watch with some pretty funny stand-up comedy and a great performance by Robert De Niro, so if that appeals to you, it may be worth a shot.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Possibly.
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