I was once a normal kid
Till the Devil came down and flipped my lid
He gave me a switchblade and he gave me a muse
Then he vomited acid all over my shoes
It wasn't the actual points he was trying to make that were funny but the sheer ridiculousness of certain situations he created. A couple of examples, without giving anything away, was the protagonist escaping the authorities by threatening to put his knee through a piece of art. Another was after being a murder suspect, instead of easily clearing his name, he blindly follows this women he just met all over Europe merely on a whim while being chased by the police.
Not to mention the standard cliche of the "bad guy" being an albino named Silas.
2) I 100% agree with you on the revisionist part. Id disagree with the "towards the middle" but thats an entirely different debate and i dont want to sidetrack the current topic any further then i have. But i agree with your fundimental point.