The Full Monty Reviews
There are a lot of extremely funny moments in The Full Monty. The actors are all great and have a good handle on physical comedy. There's one scene in particular that still makes me chuckle now just thinking about it. When the film is working it works great and I had a very good time with it, but I think it only works as a straight comedy.
There is an attempt in this film to make it something deeper about this father and his strained relationship with his son, his friend who is struggling to connect with his wife, and their former boss who can't admit to his wife he is laid off. These create decent motivations, but don't add much more to the primary plot of 6 guys planning to strip to strike it rich.
The story is pretty simple and I followed what was going on. But occasionally it felt odd as if it was edited out of order or some of the connective tissue was left out. I can't describe what it was, but there was something off in certain scenes. Aside from these few minor complaints it was a fun film that I was glad to see.
You Can Leave Your Hat On!
Gaz begins recruiting his friends who are by in no means stripper shape. His friends consist of Dave (Mark Addy) who is overweight, Barry (Paul Butterworth) who is scrawny, and he eventually recruits Gerald who is a bit past his prime. As a sore lot, they begin recruiting others which sets off the comedic pacing of the film. Much of the film's comedic output relies on scenes of regular Joes trying to pull of being sexy.
Where the Full Monty really shines is with its characters. All of the characters are relatable. You root for Gaz who is trying to do everything for his son. Everyone has come across the confidence issues of not feeling attractive as Dave struggles with. Gerald is a character that has too much pride and does not even tell his lover that he is out of work. The film does not have an epic story, but is more about circumstances. Very few comedies try and balance the reality of depression, unemployment, and character flaws. As a comedy, those who enjoy the awkward physical comedy of men trying to be sexy will find this film far more funny and perhaps endearing. This raw combination led to the film's nomination for an Oscar for best picture. The Full Monty is by no means one of my favorite films, but it does have all the elements of a solid picture. The story has moments of doubt, there is a momentum, setback, and of course climax all with realistic and relatable characters.
The aged film provides some amusement to locals spotting locations that since 1997 have changed remarkably.
The film follows other films that seem to revel in the industrial decline of Northern English cities. I'm thinking of Rita, Sue and Bob Too! and Raining Stones.
Some of the cast have gone on to much greater projects over the years.
Who'd like it: anyone looking to kill 90 minutes or just want to watch a simple father son story should enjoy this.