Not Only But Always (2004)
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This true-to-life dramatization of the comedy double act Peter Cook and Dudley Moore is notable mainly for Rhys Ifans' remarkable performance. He IS Peter Cook! The witty and insightful script is full of his characteristically surreal barbs and satire, and shows the behind the scenes squabbling and resentments that show that once again, genius and madness seem to go hand in hand. The post-modern device of having a black and white Pete and Dud commentating on the story is more annoying than amusing, but otherwise, a fine bio pic.
Here in America, most of us are knowledgeable of Dudley Moore. I first knew of him from Arthur and when he acted with the sexy Bo Derek in "10." Just recently, an English buddy of mine introduced me to "Derek and Clive" a comedy act recording of Two Drunk Englishmen hilariously vulgar. To think Dudley was one of them had me curious about this dynamic duo, this comedy pairing's life. In my research, I stumbled into this recent TV Adaptation movie of their life. It's a beautiful movie with humor fogged by the shiny brilliance of cold melancholy. Aidan McArdle at first didn't seem like a suitable Dudley Moore, but as the movie progresses, his acting only aged like perfect single malt whiskey. Rhys Ifans, on the other hand, as Peter Cook was spectacular, powerfully hypnotic. So much hypnotic that his wistful stare was haunting. There are many highlights throughout this film, occasional strong nudity, and lots of humor. The narrators are a dead Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, and the ending discussion of the two was beautiful. The mood of this movie was finely captured, like a dream as opposed to real life famed comedians. But that's how Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were like in reality when they lived: dream like icons.
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