‘Kiềm chế sự nhiệt tình của bạn’ kết thúc bằng phong cách quen thuộc

bộ phim hài HBO của Larry David kết thúc vào Chủ nhật sau 12 mùa. Những người hâm mộ lâu năm có thể nhận thấy điểm tương đồng với bộ phim sitcom trước đó

After 12 seasons, spread across 25 years, the HBO comedy staple “Curb Your Enthusiasm” ends with an episode that sees Larry David put on trial. Witness after witness testifies to Larry’s lifetime of selfish and antisocial behavior (hành vi chống đối xã hội). The jury finds him guilty, of course.

Then he gets out of jail on a technicality and goes home. Because that’s the only kind of ending that makes sense in “Curb”-world.

In fact, even former “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans who hadn’t watched the show in years — but dropped back in for the finale — probably could have predicted how it was going to end. David (the creator, not the character) has never varied much from the formula he introduced on HBO back in 2000, when he first started telling darkly farcical (điều kỳ quặc đen tối) often cringe-inducing stories about the twists and turns of modern manners, featuring a fictionalized, exaggerated version of himself: a ridiculously (lố bịch) rich crank, living off the fortune he made cocreating the sitcom “Seinfeld.”

This finale’s pleasures are smaller — like the way Larry can’t help but sing old 1950s or ’60s TV cop show themes as he grinds through the criminal justice system (hệ thống tư pháp hình sự). When Seinfeld arrives about halfway through the episode, the chemistry between Jerry and Larry is, as the “Seinfeld” hack comic Kenny Bania might put it, pure gold. They immediately start riffing about weird hypotheticals (like whether or not they’d have sex with a circus’s bearded lady if she shaved twice a day) and critiquing courtroom procedure. Even more than the nods to the “Seinfeld” finale, these scenes are a reminder of David’s unique comic genius, which has sustained two of TV’s greatest sitcoms.

Even if the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” finale lacked a sense of surprise, it did feel right for the show. One of David’s go-to moves throughout “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has been the “OK, I get it” shrug, deployed whenever Larry realizes he may have gone too far and that whatever punishment coming to him is probably fair. He never gets to that point in this episode, although early on he does gleefully tell a small child that at age 76, he has “never learned a lesson.” This, in a way, is the Larry shrug distilled into a single line (chắt lọc thành lời thoại duy nhất).

source: nytimes,

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