Can you make a good war comedy?

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Dark humour is genre to itself and one that would lend itself well to war but when you examine the evidence, there are very few decent war comedies. The farcical nature of warfare and the often absurdity of fighting for your county, in wars which make little sense or have little meaning to those actually taking part in the conflict, feels ripe for parody but it is a fine line to tread. If you go too far into the farcical it becomes less about war and more of a spoof while if you try to keep the violent, darker nature of war, it doesn’t really feel like a comedy at all.

There are a few examples of decent war comedies but when you examine them they don’t really feel like war movies. Good Morning Vietnam is one of the better war comedies, mainly because of Robin Williams and his ability…

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