Withnail and I Reviews
The film follows the lives of two unemployed actors (Withnail - Richard E. Grant and Marwood/I - Paul? McGann). For want of a better word they live like student scrubbers complete with piled high unwashed pots and rodents in their Camden flat.
Withnail who is under the influence of alcohol throughout the film has a rich uncle (Richard Griffiths) who happens to own a cottage in the Lake District.
He somehow gets the key for a short break away with Marwood.
What follows are a good thirty minutes of shenanigans in Penrith featuring more alcohol, weird farmers and cottage barricading like Straw Dogs.
Uncle Monty turns up to make proceedings interesting. Monty has a liking for wine and Marwood it seems!
The film is mildly interesting watching Marwood try and scrape out of the clutches of Uncle Monty.
The late George Harrison has an Executive Producer credit. His Handmade Films made the film.
London, 1969. Two unemployed actors, Withnail (played by Richard E Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann), are destitute and desperately in need of a change of fortunes. They decide to go on holiday to a cottage in the country. The cottage is owned by Withnail's eccentric uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths). Things don't go entirely smoothly and get even more complicated when Monty arrives unexpectedly...
Incredibly funny, especially the first few scenes - them living in their squalor and having to be resourceful - and the last few scenes - when they're back from the country.
Dialogue is great and is delivered perfectly. Richard E Grant's wonderfully over-the-top performance makes the movie. Not that Paul McGann gives a bad performance, he is just more the straight man in the comedy duo and thus his performance is less intense. Any scenes involving Danny the drug dealer (Ralph Brown) are fantastic too.
On the negative side, some the situational comedy is a bit cheap and silly. This is particularly so with the ongoing tension between Marwood and Monty. That seemed over-exaggerated and overdone. The third quarter of the movie seemed to drag, due to that.
Production values are not that great either. Both video and audio seemed sub-par.