For March 17th- Withnail and I

This break actually had a good reason to it, as I really didn’t have a lot to say about this movie. It’s a great example of a darker British comedy with a niche appeal.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

A nice little story about the adventures that one can have just trying to get away from the stresses of everyday life.  Two out of work actors con their way into borrowing a country cottage for a holiday away from grimy downtown London.  The plot does have some trouble initially finding its feet, causing some disorientation in the audience towards the beginning.

Acting: 1.5/2

Richard E. Grant is fun to watch as the greatly passionate and somewhat psychotic Withnail.  There is also Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown in two surprising supporting roles.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The apartment set is amazingly dressed, and definitely fleshed out both of the characters by showing their squalid living conditions.  I particularly enjoyed the kitchenette scenes, where the roommates must bravely face the stack of dishes in their sink.

Sound/FX: 1/2

A little messy during some of the outdoor and driving sequences, but overall not really so bad for an obviously low-budget flick.

Misc: 1.5/2

Apart from the story dragging a little, it mostly stays fresh.  The lesson imparted to the viewer hits its mark perfectly.

VERDICT: 7/10

A good film for someone wanting a character study flick.  Basically, good for anyone whose interest is piqued by reading this review.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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