A feature-length set from one of comedy's finest
That said, the title is absolutely as true as you could get. This is classic Louis C.K., covering the usual bases for his act, including his aging and its negative effect on his body, his interactions with his daughters (a steady source of funny for his act) and his opinions on society in general. What's new this time out, at least on DVD, is his status as a divorced single guy, so he gets to talk about dating and women, and his inability to cope with the single scene after years as a married guy. Though he can admittedly come off as a cranky old man at times (like when he talks about rotary phones), no matter your age or relationship status, it's incredibly easy to get inside his skin and walk around, as he's so smooth at getting his point across with straightforward and occasionally blunt language, perfectly measured physicality and volume and a sense of bemused outrage at the world around him.
If anything can stand as symbolic of this set, it's the imitation he does of people talking, which casts the majority of the population as awful, mewling mutant creatures, and how they only use the extremes of language when describing things, demolishing their value and lowering the bar on what life experiences mean. It ties in perfectly to when he breaks down the problem between expectations of perfection, the miracles of technology and the reality of life, and his view of the treatment of children in America. The combination of these segments, which are truly social commentary disguised as stand-up, come as close to philosophical genius as anyone probably has come since Sartre. If Louis C.K. wasn't so funny, this stuff would be incredibly sad, especially when he talks about the way people view hitting children. Maybe we can get him on TV on Sunday mornings, and then perhaps we might raise our game as a society and start appreciating our lives a bit.
The special was directed and edited by C.K., and there are some things about it that could have been done a touch better. Nearly the entire film is presented in waist-up shots or closer, which gives it a somewhat static feel, cutting to a wide-shot once in a while during a physical moment in his act (though during an exaggerated hand motion, he doesn't cut to show the motion until a few moments after he starts.) In fact, the presentation is so consistently boxed-in that when some circling shots from behind him are inserted (when these were shot is unclear), it seems completely out of place and disorienting. Rarely do we get to see the crowd either, which is unfortunate, as it would be nice to see what kind of venue he's in, since it is a concert film. Instead, when you see the crowd, it's normally pitch black, like he's entertaining a void full of laughs. A lucky void, but still a void.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack does a nice job of putting you in the moment, with C.K. heard in the center and side speakers, alongside the audience, while the crowd gets the rear speakers to itself. There's nothing all that exciting about the presentation (it's a guy talking on a stage after all) but it's good nonetheless.
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