Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Paraprosdokian in movie reviews by Anthony Lane and A. O. Scott

In his recent review of "Godzilla v. Kong" in "The New Yorker", Anthony Lane made me laugh out loud: "One mark of the Godzilla franchise is the ingenuity with which each director manages to waste the talents of an excellent cast." This paraprosdokian builds toward a positive statement and then abruptly veers into the negative. It reminded me of an even more amusing line with which A. O. Scott began his review of "Horton Hears a Who!" in "The New York Times" in 2008: "What distinguishes 'Horton Hears a Who!' from the other recent Dr. Seuss film adaptations [...] is that it is not one of the worst movies ever made." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 22 June 2021)


godzilla vs. kong
Illustration by Hisashi Okawa for the Anthony Lane article


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