Peabody Award, Dick, Christopher discussed on The Filmcast
I've gotten everything I need to get from this show in five minutes, all ready know what it's trying to do. And I was very, very wrong. The show is is excellent. The first season won a Peabody award, so is very well regarded and just the word. Yeah, the big drawings. That's right. The premise of the show is. I do. Yes. So the I neglected to mention it, but I am stuck in that period that you just referenced of having watched the first five minutes and shutting off. And then I, I'm in a longer much longer the longer valley state of hearing everyone say, you have to watch. You have to watch it and and for you that that period was short. And for me, it's been much longer. Really, but I'm, I'm going to do it. I'm gonna watch. You totally should. So the first season is about these highschoolers who. The happen upon this crime of a student who has been accused of drawing Dicks on dozens of faculty cars, right? And has been expelled as a result of that and the they're trying to get to the bottom of who drew the Dick's. So that's kind of like a mean who drew the Dick's the inciting incident of the second season is basically a whole separate case, and they cover an event called the Brown out, which is a bunch of students at a school in the Seattle area being poisoned with laxatives and crapping all over the place. Highbrow humor's we're talking, okay, here's the thing. Here's the thing. This is what I want to say about the show, Jeff is the initial crime. That starts off both of the seasons is extremely dumb and gross and stupid. How do we follow up Dix. You didn't. You didn't finish you finish that sentence. I was gonna say the initial crime that that starts both seasons is extremely dumb and selling stupid semicolon. Everything else in the show is deadly serious. It's more like if what if that silly crime was treated like the plot of cereal right. So I'm merely making fun because I think I think the is funny to describe a Peabody award winning show. It's like, okay, we did Dick's. We wanna Peabody one. Could we possibly do next SCO. Oh. Shit, but the only use the the crap as a jumping off point, right? They only use it as a way to explore all these other things that they're interested specifically this season. They talk about things like code switching. They talk about things like cyber bullying. This is aside from searching American vandal has probably the smartest and most accurate depiction of social media usage. I've seen onscreen this year and the so many issues that are addressed in a smart way on top of that, they're completely nailing the style of podcast like cereal making a murder and the jinx this season in particular is heavily inspired by Earl Morris, and the reenactments are spot on and they have what appears to be dozens of unknown actor. There's whom these show runners every episode directed by Tonia center. They they have dozens of unknown actors who they are getting naturalistic performances out of despite how ridiculously silly this premises. Like there's there is the temptation to mug for the camera or like play it not super seriously, must have been enormous, and they were able to resist that throughout the course of the entire season. So I think American vandal season two is awesome. It's a huge shipment, and I'll just say this one last thing about it, which is like they don't want to describe it as a mockumentary because if you compare like Christopher guest to American vandal season two or season, one like Christopher guest movies have a very familiar cadence to them. Right. It's all like. Every interview with a wacky character feels like, you know up setups at a punchline, and they really wanted to avoid that. They didn't want it to be like a monkey mentally. So if you watch the show, the most compelling thing is the mystery like you actually want to know who did these crimes and because it's not real, the bar for making an interesting is even higher if it was for real crime..