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The gags are either too inside, lazily paced, or simply not funny.
An endearing effort with enough heart to fill the gaps where the gags dry up or fall flat.
Although the mock/rockumentary is as tired a conceit as the zom-rom-com, this is also done with such heart it doesn't matter too much, plus Considine is wonderful.
A fun five day feature from one of Britain's finest filmmakers.
Affable yet thoroughly forgettable...
Think Spinal Rap. A likeable and sporadically funny film, it's rather slight for a theatrical release.
Considine is outrageously funny and never steps out of character, but the film hardly adds up to an evening's entertainment.
The film has about as much sense of structure as - well, as Thirst, but I laughed a fair bit.
Some British film-makers never give up and Shane Meadows is one of them. He'd make a movie of a custard pie if he could. And generally there's entertainment to be had from even his most hand-to-mouth efforts.
A monumental mockumentary from Brit cinema's premier director/actor double act. True, daft, emotional, hilarious.
Jaw-bustingly funny stuff, uproarious, delightful and unexpectedly touching, containing more laugh-out-loud moments than most Hollywood comedies twice the length.
Considine's performance, for instance, is an enthralling piece of improvisation that carries the entire movie.
Director Shane Meadows is no stranger to low-budget filmmaking. In fact, most of his films to date have been made with relativity tight constraints. This time around, he goes that one step further and makes an all-out, fly on the wall mockumentary, which also happens to be his third collaboration with actor Paddy Considine.
Documentary maker Shane Meadows (playing himself) follow the life of music manager Le Donk (Paddy Considine), who reckons he's unearthed a new talent in rapper Scor-Zay-Zee (Dean Palinczuk). As a slot with band The Arctic Monkeys opens up, the would-be manager and his protege hit the road to try and make a name for themselves.
If the brilliant "A Room For Romeo Brass" and "Dead Man's Shoes" were anything to go by, you'd be forgiven for getting very excited about the prospect of Meadows and Considine working together again. I know I certainly was. Unfortunately, this film isn't quite up to their previous high standards. In fairness, they've adopted a different approach but for a film with a running time of just over an hour you'd expect it to move briskly and get down to telling it's story. In the early stages it does this, with some hilarious observational humour and "kitchen sink" drama that's reminiscent of Ricky Gervais' "The Office" but the delivery soon becomes a bit stale. The idea is good, the performances are good but for a film to enter into this mould it needs to provide more laughs than it does. I'm sure it probably will appeal to many people but for me, as a big fan of Meadows, I had set my sites too high. It loses it momentum and relies too heavily on the presence of Considine and his perfect balance of ambition and desperation. He's most definitely the highlight here. However, there's only so much one man can carry. The humour and awkward situations are well captured but it essentially there isn't much of a story and becomes not much more than a showcase for real-life rap artist and freestyler Scor-Zay-Zee who's not that appealing to begin with.
An interesting, if unsuccessful, project from Meadows. He's not made many bad movies and I wouldn't say this is bad either. It's just not as eventful as it could have been.
Shot in five days and covering five days in the life of Le Donk, music promoter, as he weedles a ten minute slot n the Arctic Monkeys tour for his up-and-coming rap prodigy Scor-Zay-Zee. Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine obviously had so much fun making this, its hard not to get caught up in their merriment.
Whilst this mockumentary is creative and works well and is of course Directed by one of my favourite Director/Actor pairings (Meadows/Considine), I don't feel it was quite up to the standard that each of them have quite reached previously.
Paddy is no doubt very natural in this role and everyone in the film came across as if it was a real documentary, so praise for that. There were moments that were drawn out and I'm not sure the character, was too worthy of having a documentary made of him, interesting, but a slight let down for me, because of high expectations, Paddy's performance is a good one but the film itself doesn't really deserve a great rating.
Small but perfectly formed. Meadows and Considine synthesize a little gem from a familiar conceit: the deluded loser with a chance at stardom. Perfectly judged dialogue reflects its genesis from years of casual development of the Le Donk character and Scor-Zay-Zee acts as an effective counter to his acerbic outbursts.
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