How can a filmmaker denounce unfair socio-economic class differences? Black comedy is the answer. A dark comedy is a film, play, or other creative work that uses humor to address tragic or upsetting subject matter. The genre has been established for decades, and filmmakers have skillfully used it to expose troubling social concerns like capitalism and classism.
Dark comedy and the rich make a rewarding pair in movies. From thriller blockbusters to Oscar-winning films, filmmakers are the ones who would never pass up the opportunity to condemn the privileged in their works.
‘Triangle of Sadness (2022)
The Black Comedy 2022 triangle of sadnesswritten and directed by Ruben Ostlund, follows a supermodel celebrity couple who embark on an action-packed cruise for the super-rich. However, a storm is approaching and the passengers suffer severe motion sickness during the captain’s seven-course dinner. Thus, the journey ends tragically. While the survivors are stranded on a desert island, the hierarchy is suddenly upset.
from Ostlund Triangle has some glaring points, but over its well-deserved two and a half hours, viewers’ schadenfreude continues to thrive as these horrible individuals continue to humiliate themselves. Moreover, Östlund skillfully played with the actual levels of society in anticipation of the eventual destruction of societal norms.
“Ready or Not” (2019)
Ready or Nota dark comedy directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillettefollows Grace (Samara weaving), a recently married bride. She must adhere to a cruel custom of her in-laws: the bride must try to survive her wedding night while the others hunt her down.
The film is full of simple gags about the madness of the rich and how harshly they approach their duty to hunt down and execute a woman on their mansion property. Despite the film’s violence and gore, Ready or Not recognizes that the rights of the rich have no borders. Although it is not nuanced, the film remains generally satisfactory.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon Hothe mastermind behind award-winning films such as snowdrops and Mother. The film’s plot revolves around a low-income family’s scheme to work for a wealthy family and infiltrate their house by posing as unrelated, highly skilled people.
With Bong’s skillful exploitation of class conflict and income inequality, Parasite begins in elation and ends in tragedy, leaving the audience breathless the entire time. Additionally, Bong, a master storyteller, and the movement of the camera unpack the film’s many significant aspects with grace and economy to subtly reveal his intentions and critique both sides of the social scale.
“Sorry to Bother You” (2018)
sorry to disturb you is a surreal dark comedy film written and directed by Riley Boots, which is also his first film as a director. To excel in his profession, a young black telemarketer (LaKeith Stanfield) develops a white accent: as he is sucked into a corporate scheme, he must choose between profiting from his involvement or joining his activist friends in organizing work.
If the ultimate goal of sorry to disturb you is to expose the powerful financial puppeteers who dictate our culture and turn ordinary people into physical and corporate slaves, Riley has done remarkably well. Additionally, the film takes a comedic and artful look at racism and slavery in a new and original way.
‘American Psycho’ (2000)
American psycho is a dark horror comedy film directed by Mary Haron and based on Bret Easton Ellis‘ 1991 novel of the same name. The film centers on a Wall Street yuppie named Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), who is obsessed with wealth, prestige, and fashion. Moreover, he is a killer who kills and dismembers acquaintances and strangers without cause or justification.
The horror of capitalism, in which others serve only as props to the dreams of men who get richer by the minute, is openly and directly addressed in American psycho. With its chilling dark comedy, acid breaks from society, and unsettling insight into the compulsions of a serial killerthe film has a lot to offer the audience.
‘High Rise’ (2015)
High Rise is a British dystopian black comedy film directed by Ben Wheatley and adapted from the British writer JG BallardThe 1975 novel of the same name. The film follows Dr. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston), who moves to a new flat two miles west of London in search of soulless darkness, only to find that the other tenants in the building have no intention of leaving him alone. Laing accepts the complex social dynamics playing out around him and decides to be a good neighbor.
The film’s contemporary but direct message is that a society in which everyone is expected to stay in their place would inevitably disintegrate. The film lacks subtlety but makes up for it with plenty of content and style. In addition, High Rise is more relevant today than it was when Ballard first thought of it, because the poor often have to foot the societal and economic bill.
The Dark Comedy Thriller Purebred was written and directed by Cory Finley in his debut as a director. It follows a high school girl, Lily (Anya Taylor Joy), and her emotionless friend Amanda (Olivia Cooke) as they plan to murder Lily’s stepfather (Paul Sparks) by making a deal with a drug dealer.
Purebred is a rather cheesy film that violently shakes up the problems of the young and the privileged. As the film’s plot nears its conclusion, the tone becomes noticeably darker as the characters discover that their privilege and wealth cannot protect them from who they really are. In addition, Cooke and Taylor-Joy deliver outstanding performances that are not to be missed.
“Rules of the Game” (1939)
In the French satirical comedy-drama The game’s rulesrealized by John Renoirmembers of French high society and their employees display a moral insensitivity on the brink of catastrophe.
While the film may not be to everyone’s taste, its humanity and understanding cannot be denied. In addition, The game’s rules simultaneously delivers vicious societal satire and benevolent comedy of manners with a dark undertone. Although it was a failure upon release, the film’s fame has since only increased due to society’s circumstances.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013)
the wolf of Wall Street is a biographical black comedy crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Jordan BelfortThe 2007 memoir of the same name. He describes Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) about his time working as a stockbroker in New York and how his company, Stratton Oakmont, was ultimately responsible for his collapse due to rampant Wall Street corruption and fraud.
The movie doesn’t try to be likable; instead, he only wants to remind you how cruel and manipulative excessive wealth can be. Plus, it perfectly captures how the American dream has been corrupted by Scorsese’s brilliant visual storytelling. The cast also gives outstanding performances that alone warrant a new watch.
Michael Winterbottomsatirical black comedy Greed is loosely based on Philip Greenchairman of the Arcadia Group, and it is centered on Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a billionaire fashion mogul, and the events leading up to his 60th birthday celebrations on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Greed is a deliciously vicious film that parodies the super-rich and exposes the shady side of capitalism and retail. Winterbottom, Coogan, and the gracious supporting cast keep the subject matter humorous and entertaining, despite the film’s significant issues.