Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Movie review times 2

An intellectual school boy in Wales falls for a pretty girl as his parents go through some marital problems in this fine little oddly affecting cinematic gem.  The boy's parents are dealing with issues surrounding the father's depression and the fact that an old flame of the mother's has moved in across the street.  The boy in question, played to perfection by Craig Roberts, deals with his issues regarding his odd parents problems, as he deals with his own coming of age and sexual awakening.  His paramour, played by Yasmin Paige, deals with her own issues with the relationship while dealing with her mother's impending cancer surgery.

It all sounds depressing as hell but it's a sweet funny warm little film.  Every one in it turns in fine performances and it's written and directed by Richard Ayoade, best known for his portrayal of Moss on The IT Crowd.

I highly recommend this one.

This wildly odd and visually stunning film is about a man who hasn't left his apartment in months.  He's paralyzed with fear over going out due to an incident that happened when he was on an extended holiday with his friend Bunny, played by Simon Farnaby.  So instead of going out he relives the holiday over and over again in his mind until we get to the point where we find out what happened to make him afraid to go out. 

I fucking loved this movie.  It was written and directed by the guy who directed The Mighty Boosh, so you know it's going to be different.  And different it is.  It's like a Michel Gondry on steroids on a Red Bull bender film.  Every scene is a work of pop surrealism art.  It's laugh out loud funny and a pleasure to behold.  I'm sorry I haven't seen it sooner and I know it will be in the pantheon of films I watch repeatedly.  It's got cameos by some of the modern British comedy royalty, Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, and Rich Fulcher.  The only thing I didn't like about the film was the accent of the Spanish actress, Verónica Echegui, who played the female lead.  At the best of times it was hard to understand her, and most of the time it was impossible to do so. 

Do yourself a favor and see this film.  It will blow your mind. 

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