Whether he is dancing goofily
tomusic on hisMP3 player or attempting to conceal his identity by adopting a ridiculous raspy voice,we cannot help but chuckle at his misadventures.
Maurice winked at Gary and smiled broadly, goofily
. "You can tell Stephano anything and he'll believe it.
"I do worry about them," she says, as her golden retriever-shepherd mix, Houston, lopes goofily
around the barn.
Things get a little sunnier with the arrival of goofily
charming, pie-loving new obstetrician, Dr Pomatter (Nathan Fillion).
All these voices arrive on the crime scene in a dizzying array of cultural registers, ranging from the Johnsonian--"That kind of food is provided for very young people whose minds are elsewhere" (Gaudy 330)--to the mockingly vituperative--Inspector Sugg is "a myth, a fable, an idiot-boy, spawned in a moonlight hour by some fantastic poet's brain" (WB 14)--to the goofily
epideictic--"Who shall fathom the ebony-black enigma of the window-cleaner?" (Lord 149)--to the ironic and self-deprecatory--"My ear is open like a greedy shark to catch the tunings of the voice divine" (Gaudy 312).
Smith litters his screenplay with the usual array of pop culture references, and gags hit their targets almost as often as they miss, but Dawson and O'Halloran make a likeable couple, and the supporting cast bounds goofily
into shot when required.
His face is incredibly animated as he goofily
and seductively bobs his tongue from side to side to the beat of the music.
When first seen, the littlest of the kids are in fact laughing goofily
, despite having just been sneaked into their new apartment building in suitcases.
This happily means a trip to Manhattan, where David Berenbaum's bright screenplay seems to relax and Buddy will almost get run over for gaping goofily
at skyscrapers while crossing the street.
That wealth allows us to indulge in what are often goofily
scientistic attempts to stack up quantitative "knowledge" about men's minds.
What remain goofily
interesting are some of the details: how, for example, some years after the broadcast, the Los Angeles public television station offered, as a pledge-drive premium, a weekend with the splintered Loud family.
The band's bare-bones instrumentation, aggressively minimalist song structures, and goofily
anarchic themes (sample song titles include "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," "Beat on the Brat") set the punk rock agenda for years to come.
I half expected the goofily
chirpy orchestral music from the Wonderful World of Disney television shows of my youth to swell in the background.
(We could tell you much more - about how he goofily
learned to walk with the help of a big unruly dog, who cushioned every fall; about how he drove his mother's new convertible into a tree the very day he got his driver's license - it was the tree's fault, he laughingly argued; about how he'd wake his parents at midnight to report in - and then tell them funny stories of what happened at the game or the party or wherever he'd been.
But the real secret weapon in Ant-Man and the Wasp (and the reason why the film is goofily
likeable instead of just exhausting) is the way it extends its mini-sized gimmick -- a superhero the size of an ant!