Quote:I think even heavily comedic movies should be low on bathos. For example, "Coco" is primarily a comedy aimed at children. But when it does have dramatic moment, those dramatic moments are not undercut by bathos. I've actually come to hate bathos. It just gets in the way of the drama, even in comedy-dramas. A good comedy-drama compartmentalizes the comedy and drama in a well-timed way.
True. I think Guardians of the Galaxy probably did well at that. Deadpool also.
And "Galaxy Quest". It's a funny movie, but when, for example, one of the Thermians dies in Alan Rickman's arms, and Rickman gives him the warrior's-death-speech, and then goes to avenge him, there is zero bathos. The Thermian's bittersweet contentment at hearing that speech in his dying moments, Rickman's dawning awareness that this dumb b-list-tv-show speech means everything to the Thermian and he has to act it perfectly to ease his passing, his anger and his becoming inspired by the Thermian's sacrifice to be heroic himself, it's all played with utter earnestness. If something had stuck a pin in that moment, having Rickman trip on a banana peel or something, the scene would have been utterly ruined.