Day 4 topic of the 31-Days Movie Meme is a movie that always make me laugh. The one movie that never fails to get me hurling on the floor laughing is an old classic of mine. I first saw it with my family in Jr High or so, but to this day, my love and fascination for it never waver.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Rarely has the voice-over narration got so much laugh for its sheer witticism and hilarity. At the beginning of the movie, the narrator contrast the life of the bushmen and those in a metropolitan city, I love how they poke fun the latter and make it look like a documentary.
Only 600 miles to the south, there’s a vast city. And here you find civilized man. Civilized man refused to adapt himself to his environment; instead, he adapted his environment to suit him. So he built cities, roads, vehicles, machinery, and he put up power lines to run his labour-saving devices. But somehow he didn’t know where to stop. The more he improved his surroundings to make life easier, the more complicated he made it. So now his children are sentenced to 10-15 years of school, just to learn how to survive in this complex and hazardous habitat they were born into. And civilized man, who refused to adapt to his surroundings, now finds he has to adapt and re-adapt every hour of the day to his self-created environment. For instance, if it’s Monday and 7:30 comes up, you have to dis-adapt from your domestic surroundings and re-adapt yourself to an entirely different environment. 8:00 means everybody has to look busy. 10:30 means you can stop looking busy for 15 minutes. And then you have to look busy again. And so your day is chopped into pieces, and in each segment of time you adapt to a new set circumstances. No wonder some people go off the rails a bit…
“No wonder some people go off the rails a bit…” How true! I saw this over a decade ago but I find myself still quoting from this movie: “It’s really an interesting psychological phenomenon…” or my personal favorite “ayayayayay” 😀
All of the characters are hilarious: The anthropologist Mr. Steyn (“I collect manure…”), Xi the Bushman, and Steyn’s BFF Mpudi, I can’t pick a favorite as I love them all! The narration is so well-written and they find the most amusing way to describe the most mundane thing we see every day, as they’re seen from the point-of-view of the Bushman. One of them is when describing Steyn’s jeep driving past Xi as he’s resting on the ground: “One day, a very noisy animal rushed past where Xi was sleeping. It left very peculiar tracks, as if two enormous snakes had slithered past.” But more than just funny for funny sake, the movie’s also quite poignant and the message of appreciation for life is still relevant to this day even if the depiction of the Bushmen is no longer accurate.
I had to include this scene in my Top 20 Favorites, but the movie is chock-full of uproariously funny scenes.
If you’re ever in the lookout for a good, clean, fun comedy, I highly recommend this one!