Though being aired in 2003 arrested development has a very retro chic vibe going on, which seemed half-baked to me. A sitcom consciously restrained for prolonging the entertainment potential is a clever
endeavor indeed. Each episode has two or three genuinely funny moments which is more than enough to keep audience hooked in a 20 minute sit-com.
Though connoisseurs would frown upon the heavy indulgence in typical tropes and how often they recur episode by episode. The first impression is that it’s watchable and maintains the “watchability” factor quite surprisingly. It didn’t make me come for more, I had to sit myself through it, really. In retrospect community season 3 was one hell of a sit-com. I have a strong gut-feeling that arrested development will be this consistently nice for seasons to come, unlike community.
Though it has such a large cast roster which is quite diversified and the script cleverly utilizes each one of them in every episode the characters themselves are puppet like. They work within too rigidly defined parameters, or shall I say they do only what the script asks them to do. A little grit, a little charm goes a long way in creating favorites hence separating the better stuff from the generic run of the mill crap.
Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth is absolutely adorable and so clumsily funny; no wonder he is the most well known character from arrested development. Also Buster Bluth is as awkward, disorientating and pitiful as he is in Veep, the bag-man of Selina Meyer. I mean he’s so alike in both roles that arguably this is him in real life. Saying “people are what they are” doesn’t seem a cliché now. He is so sweet and captivating in his character that I want to see more of him, there is a true reflection of grief in his eyes.
Some of the moments in the later episodes made me realize that the dysfunctional family dynamics is used both as a comic device and as a canvas for critical commentary on causes of such screwed family dynamics. The loving noble father, the overtly critical mother, or the other way around or the mixture of it all, Arrested Development has enough characters to try every combination and for that I have some admiration for it.
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