Consider the ‘so bad it’s good’ movie, a movie whose sole redeeming feature is its complete lack of them. This utter lack of anything even approaching quality leads to a sort of comedy where you laugh at, as opposed to with, the film.
While the original “so bad it’s good movies” were made in earnest, or at least in a fit of shameless production company profiteering, every so often a filmmaker will try and capitalize on the whole “so bad it’s good movies” thing by intentionally making a movie that is enjoyable because of how ‘bad’ it is.
In theory anyway, in my experience with so bad it’s good, or SBIG for short, movies are kind of like women who are attracted to me, in that only other people seem to think they exist. (While we’re on the topic Rocky Horror Picture Show sucked, and not in the way it was supposed to)
The perhaps sole exception is Black Dynamite, an homage to ‘70s Blaxploitation movies (yes it’s a thing), a movie that gives me hope both for the genre and my love life.
The main problem with most SBIG movies is joke exhaustion. It’s initially funny that everything in the movie is terrible but after an hour and a half (and sometimes, shudder, more) you’re not laughing and now you all you have is a bad movie. Black Dynamite suffers no such exhaustion because each gag goes on for as long as it should and is used sparingly:
The boom being in the shot is funny, once.
An actor reading screen direction as well as his lines is funny, once.
Reusing stock footage is funny, twice (it’s for a good cause).
Not every joke lands, by which I mean there is one joke that is too blatantly ridiculous, and one joke that is not nearly as funny as it should be. But that’s it. When was the last time you saw a comedy with only one and a half bad jokes?
The whole thing, including a trip to Kung Fu Island (you read that right) comes in at 84 minutes, which is good, not only because it stops the movie from wearing out it’s welcome, but because this is a movie that rewards at least one repeat viewing. Pay special attention to the spatial relationship between shots.
If you’re not sold yet consider this, the line “I used to be an orphan” is spoken in this movie. Still unconvinced? See the previous paragraph where, once again, I wrote the words Kung Fu Island.
There we go.