Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away
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The short film "One Soldier" is another animal altogether. At first, it appears to be an obvious parody of art-house cinema from Federico Fellini to Jim Jarmusch (with Jarmusch's "Dead Man" being an obvious influence), but as it progresses, it darkens, until by the end, you're left somewhat shellshocked by Wright's seemingly bleak, almost nihilistic, and deeply disturbing worldview. Avoid watching it if you're remotely depressed.
As for the early material, it was good but disappointingly short. Someone else mentioned the wealth of classic Wright material out there, and why none of it has made its way to DVD is a mystery. I've got the Comic Relief shows, and his sets are always among the highlights. So why can't they give fans some of the classic shows from that era on DVD?
Still, even at its length, this DVD is well-worth the price. If you're a Steven Wright fan, it's essential.
genius. I bought a vhs of his about 20 years ago that was on a par with
this concert, arguably his best two. His comedy must be experienced about 5 times to fully grasp the nested sublevels of his humour. Glad to see him back in the form he is a master of, instead of those insipid TV appearances.
Welcome back, Steven!!
"When worse comes to worse, we're screwed" lol
Then, after the performance, he hits us with a free-form film about a disillusioned Civil War soldier facing his own imminent death. Though it starts with an interesting premise colored by Wright's unique dry humor, it loops back and forth, sprawling all over the joint. Wright hits some important laughs and insights at key moments, but I spent most of the film thinking, "Wow, this goes on a bit, doesn't it?"
This video isn't bad. I laughed at the right places in Wright's performance, and I even thought the tailing film had many good moments. But it simply lacked ambition. Few performers today command the instantaneous recognition we get these days with Steven Wright, and he did only as much as we expected, nothing more. It makes for interesting watching once or twice, but I don't see much repeat viewing potential here.
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