Maaaaaaan, this movie is by far the most entertaining movie we’ve watched in class so far, let me explain…
So the movie itself had a lot of comedic elements, which is why it made this movie the most entertaining movie we’ve watched in class so far. There were a lot of jokes that dealt with the time period that the movie is set in, that being right after the fall of the Berlin Wall with the reunification of East and West Germany. My favorite joke was when the mother saw an ad for Coca-Cola being put up in the building across from theirs. It was particularly funny because Coca-Cola was a symbol of Capitalism and the West, but the mom was a firm believer in socialism and East Germany.
Although the joke was funny to me, I think it was only because I understood the context of what was going on. Many of the jokes required some sort of knowledge of what was going on in the world at the time. The assumptions of the writers relied heavily on a learning curve that the audience had to adjust to. That learning curve being that the audience knows the background of the film, like what was going on in the world at that time.
I’m not faulting the writers too much because the film was released in 2003, about 14 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. So at the the time fo the release, the main target audience would’ve been alive to witness it happen. For future viewers of Good Bye, Lenin!, need to have prior knowledge of the background in order to enjoy it fully. Since the film doesn’t age too well, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.