Not Only But Always Reviews
Amazing casting with both Rhys Ifans & Aidan McArdle being so good you forget that they are actors playing Pete & Dud. Jonathan Miller & Alan Bennett are also portrayed very well.
Quite sad in parts but also very funny & not afraid to show the darker side which added to Peter Cook's edge.
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.