Old reviews don’t necessarily reflect my current opinion ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There’s something about the morbid and fatalistic tone of these films that makes them genuinely upsetting beyond a standard slasher, even while the elaborate death scenes are darkly funny. This one - with its direct reference to 9/11, many references to assassinations of US Presidents, setting the climax at a town’s ‘Tricentennial’ celebration, and especially through the goth characters - sees the American empire as a teenager, obsessed with imagining its own death but unable to comprehend it when faced with the reality.
I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…
Observations on this rewatch (prompted by this list):
1) Matthew Broderick killed two people in a car accident and got away with it, making the moment the Gadgetmobile tells him to wear a seatbelt more than a touch dark.
2) The innuendo between Gadget and that doctor woman is insane ("Wowser", monkey noises, fireworks, toothpaste ejaculate, etc.). Then there's the stupid-slutty clone version of her who is programmed to do cheer-leading... Just wow.
3) This is like a family friendly…