I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Three Stooges. In addition to their being perfectly realized characters, each is the perfect expression of a type of personality made extreme (Read a half-comedic piece by a a psychiatrist many years ago that suggested that the Three Stooges were the living embodiment of the Id, the Ego, and the Super Ego – guess which was which).
I also liked the fact the Three Stooges were usually poor and their victim were often wealthy snobbish people. The Stooges often had manual labor jobs but were also musicians. They were counterculture figures without a doubt. The Three Stooges are the 99% percent.
Perhaps I am reading too much into this. Anyway, as we are now in a time a bit similar to the time when the Stooges made it big – a time of economic downturn and unemployment, it makes sense for a Stooges revival.
I was filled with trepidation when I first heard that a new Three Stooges film was coming and that actors would be playing Moe, Larry, and Curly. I saw the trailer today (my bday of all days) and I feel a bit better.
Truth is it looks pretty good (about as good as can be expected). We’ve got the Stooges in an orphanage, Stooges spoiling a dinner party, Stooges in a modern world with an I Phone joke and Snooki getting an eye poke!....In fact, I’ve read the Stooges becoming reality TV stars is a subplot.
And the three actors playing Moe, Larry, Curly seem to have the parts down and all the trademark moves although the actor playing Curly is a bit tall as are the other two as well. Always thought part of the Stooges humor came from the fact they were all small men and everybody else was giant in comparison.
And oh yeah Larry David in the new film as a nun! Here’s the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WriZI1NnD5Y
And here’s one of my favourite Stooges episodes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWFswXpqhR4