Describing Satire can be a difficult thing if you don’t know what you are looking for. But an easy definition of Satire is “A form of literary criticism: that uses irony, sarcasm, etc.” I am going to be showing an example of a film titled “Isn’t it Romantic,” which came out 4 years ago, in 2019. It is about a New York architect who wants to get noticed at her job but things go bad when she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Now that sounds like a regular made-up movie. But this film has satire because it overly exaggerates how love is not a fairytale, and how things don’t magically happen when two people fall. And because our main character is always cynical about love this alternate universe is basically her worst nightmare when she finds out that is based on the idea of how Romance is.
Based on this trailer for the movie, we can tell why our main character Natalie is against movies that portray romance, like a well like a movie. And Natalie just like us has seen Rom-Coms like 13 going on 30, Pretty Woman, The Proposal, and every Disney princess movie. But in real life, we know that love is nothing like that: Easy. People have real problems in life and have no time for love or relationships. And so what this film is explaining, is how it mocks the cliches of every romantic comedy movie. This can make the film funny, but what it really focuses on is the irony of the genre.
Satire can be shown in the first beginning of the movie when Natalie is young, and her mother is explaining to her how “love is not a fairytale, there are no happy endings.” Which is the very opposite of how romance in movies.
Even 25 years later, Natalie’s mom’s words are still in her head, and she ends up believing what her mom says. Making herself blind towards any type of love. And even Natalie’s assistant Whitney, who is really into romantic comedies, doesn’t share the same views of love works. And Natalie wanted to share her views, by saying to Whitney that all romcoms are the same. The boy meets the girl and they end up together forever. Which is basically true. Natalie’s whole personality is being against love, creating her own satire.
Although we as people feel that Satire, is basically Comedy, it’s not because it helps us understand what comedy is. What it does and how it makes us react. And I feel that this movie gives us that art of love being ridiculous when it’s portrayed in movies. The idea of what we think it should be is what some people based it on. And sometimes it can discredit its object, but while being funny.