The Hippopotamus Reviews

March 9, 2019
Director John Jencks does a great job highlighting the cognitive dissonance resulting from the human race's uneasy blend of practicality and credulity. And Roger Allam is terrific as the self-loathing Ted Wallace, drunk poet turned drunk sleuth.
October 10, 2017
Sex, alcohol and a generous helping of four-letter invective all feature in a comedy-drama somewhat over-reliant on large gobbets of fruity narration and totally indebted to Allam's stand-out turn.
August 7, 2017
The rest of the supporting characters are little more than targets of Wallace's diatribes. That's not to say that the A plot lacks appeal. But Wallace is, without a doubt, the star of the show.
June 9, 2017
This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based on a Stephen Fry novel, the snappy wit in the dialogue zings with his specific brand of intelligent humour.
June 4, 2017
This adaptation of Stephen Fry's novel leans heavily on the elegant profanity of the source material.
June 2, 2017
A towering, at times monumentally good central performance from the character actor Roger Allam stands at the heart of The Hippopotamus, but it is entirely alone.
June 1, 2017
Despite a wonderfully witty voiceover and the bullish playing of a willing ensemble, this bawdy romp consistently stumbles over its more contrived excesses.
June 1, 2017
It's still a pleasure, and often a joy, to watch the star measuring out and savouring Fry's rich wordplay like fingers of scotch.
May 31, 2017
The writing here is sometimes arch and laboured but Allam puts across even the most stilted lines with enormous brio.
May 30, 2017
An old-fashioned romp through the eccentricities of the upper classes, it's a fun mystery with a nicely filthy mind.
May 26, 2017
Brought to the silver screen by director John Jencks, the flavour and indelible, idiosyncratic tone of the author is imbued in this faithful adaptation.
May 26, 2017
A laboured blend of Agatha Christie-style sleuthing and PG Wodehouse-style country house high jinks that feels very dated.
May 22, 2017
This adaptation of Stephen Fry's comic novel relies so heavily on voiceover that it's practically an audiobook.
May 22, 2017
Lacking the zeal and comic energy that the material requires, The Hippopotamus feels like a souffl that has failed to rise, leaving a film that can only be recommended to diehard Allam devotees.