End Of The Week Shorts #8.1 extract: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter is the Deadpool of the Hollywood Golden Age - just a thousand times better. In such, just like Deadpool is a deconstruction of the superhero genre, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter is a deconstruction of wish-fulfilling Hollywood romances and spectacles of the 30s, 40s and 50s.
With brilliant... everything - characters especially - this narrative perfectly assess a much explored idea of success being found in a humble, preciously average life. This is such a poignant projection of this almost cliched idea thanks to the execution of the excellent script, but also because of the direct revision it provides on classical narratives and the manner in which we interact with them. In such, whilst many high-end pictures are about simple endeavours in love, family and heroism, all that surrounds them is often a contradictory spectacle of celebrity and vapidness.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter embodies a classical formula whilst providing this simultaneous commentary on how we interpret it, ultimately assuring us with no reservations the idea that, "success is the art of being happy".
Such is the simple greatness of this film that cannot be better articulated by anything but the film itself. Highly recommended.