The answer, by the way, is neither. Vacation is the rare remake that is actually very funny (of course, that doesn't make it a great film!) but has been tarnished by the scrutiny of pretentious critics. Now, I admit, I am a card carrying member of the pretentious critic club. But here's the thing: as I watched Vacation, and found myself laughing (as in, actually laughing), I realized that films don't necessarily need to have beautiful angles and an avant-garde soundtrack to be entertaining. In any case, more on that later.
|The full crew...|
Said exploits include the following: cars with a thousand buttons (including a swastika); swimming in sewage; suicidal raft-instructors; cannabalistic cows; vain farmers; dodgy truck-drivers; nasty motels; calamitous conversations; dishonest hillbillies; chevy chase; kinky sex; four-corners defiling; paranoid police; crazy cults; arrogant pilots; bullying brothers; slow motion fights; broken rollercoasters; rampant commercialism; college trips, and, and........ well, that's only the half of it.
|A little accident...|
So, is it funny? YES. For example, the self aware monologue at the start of the film ('We haven't even heard of the original vacation!', 'Don't worry, the new Vacation will stand on it's own') had the whole audience in stitches. Add to that the subversion of the original film (Ferarri which was prominent in all of the original is smashed to pieces in around a minute, a truck takes it's place) and then some interesting character comedy. The appearance of Chris Hemsworth as a farmer with an incredibly large appendage provides ample laughs, as does a certain someone masquerading as a suicidal raft instructor. The whole madcap exuberance of the road trip setup provides many opportunities for humor, and I won't spoil them. Hell, even the credits are hilarious. Suffice to say, this film IS funny (beware: if you can't take an onslaught of toilet humor and bad language, avoid this).
So all in all, Vacation is a rather funny movie. It's shallow, unoriginal, forgettable, and unremarkable. But it's damn funny. And that's good enough for me.
|Vacation gets 5 stars!|