Comedy writer Richard Curtis is a genius in my eyes. The sensitive and respectful way in which he often places humanitarian messages into his comedy is commendable and I’m thinking today in particular about the final episode of the final series of Blackadder – Blackadder Goes Forth. The episode is called Goodbyeee. Some might say that comedy isn’t appropriate when reflecting upon the Great War but I think the final scene from this great, great series which went out shortly before Armistice day 1989, illustrates with honesty, simplicity and compassion, the raw fear and courage of those men as they directly faced the true horrors of the war in no mans land. The video is only about ten minutes long and although very funny satirically, it’s also very moving and heartbreakingly sad. That’s the sheer brilliance of writer’s Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. There are no credits at the end, the viewer is simply left to reflect upon the futility and the tragedy of the war. The film will make more sense to you if you are already familiar with the Blackadder series but even if you’re not, you can’t fail to be moved.
More Remembrance: “Goodbyeee”