As today, I was stuck with posts to put on today; as my Alice mosaic won't be put up until tomorrow; but I decided to do a film review, and it's a comedy film; it was made quite recently, and it's one of my favourite comedies, Run Fatboy Run.
Run Fatboy Run is a British comedy film that was made in 2007, and it was directed by David Scwhimmer, written by Michael Ian Black and Simon Pegg; there is a lot of American crew in there, especially Scwhimmer as director; because he was best known for being one of the main actors in the hit television show Friends. Simon Pegg wrote the screenplay, and is the main actor of the film , and Pegg is a well-known British comedian, who's well-known as the leading actor for films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, How to Lose Friends and Aliens, Star Trek, etc.
Yes, I have to say that this is one of my favourite comedies; it's a film I can watch over and over again; without getting tired, and I'm still interested in looking at; although it may not be the most perfect or funniest comedy film EVER, but it certainly is a lot of fun to watch; with some fine acting in there.
Let me say a bit about the plotline:
The story starts with a rather lazy, rude man named Dennis Doyle (played by Simon Pegg), and the story starts 5 years earlier, when he was used to be a great, kind man and it him and his fiancee's wedding day; and he was really nervous about getting married; and chickened out by leaving her fiancee Libby (Thandie Newton) at the altar when she was pregnant.
Five years later, his life has been in circles and has been a mess; he was now a security guard at a woman's clothing store (a rather humilating job, and embarrasses himself at the job), and he turned into a lazy man; always sleeping in, playing his rent too late (he was living downstairs in an Indian man's house), and his life was screwed when he bought tickets and broke the law because he didn't buy his five year old son tickets to a Lord of the Rings play. However, he's tried to get back with Libby for five years, but never suceeded; and realised that it's now or never; when Libby had a new boyfriend named Whit (Hank Azaria), he sees him as a handsome, well-off person; and discovers that he runs marathons; and Whit tells Dennis that he's running for the upcoming Nike River Marathon in London.
Dennis (screwed as usual) goes to Libby and proves that he can change his life, and be a "new" Dennis, by running the "Nike River Marathon" and finishing it (which he knew he would never do because he's a lazy, overweight man who never took exercise), and Libby says to Dennis, "You've never finished anything in your entire life, Dennis!" Dennis is concerned that he will prove to Libby that he can change into a good Dennis; so Dennis gets help training by Libby's cousin Gordon (Dylan Moran) who is his coach who does a hefty bet with other people on Dennis suceeding the marathon, and his Indian landlord Mr. Ghoshdastidar (Harish Patel) who is the assistant coach, who uses training items like a spatula to spank him if he's not doing his training right.
Dennis improves his personality and becomes more fit as he practices more, and finds himself invited to Libby's birthday party and talks to Libby and makes their friendship get closer again, until everything goes wrong for Dennis, when his American enemy Whit proposes to Libby and are engaged, and Dennis fears about them being married and moving to Chicago; can Dennis stop this during the Marathon, can he get Libby back and finish the marathon?
It's a very entertaining film; and there is a lot of warmth between Dennis Doyle and his son Jake; as well as very interesting scenes with Dennis and Whit during the marathon mocking each other; probably the most entertaining scenes show Dennis Doyle with a blister in his foot and uses a needle in his foot to pop it, and when Gordon pulls the needle out; some flu yuck goes into Gordon's face, gross but very funny.
What's interesting about this film is that; the film was set in Britain, and quite a bit of Americans worked on the film like the director: David Scwhimmer, who is well-known for playing Ross in Friends, and Hank Azaria who is well-known for doing multiple voices in The Simpsons like Moe Syslazc, Apu and Chief Wiggum All the actors do a great job at acting; although at times the gags can be so groan-worthy and like we've all seen it before! It may not be the most famous or inspiring comedies like Airplane, or The Odd Couple, but I thought it was a very entertaining 95-minute film. The first time I saw the film happened to be on my iPod when I got it, and it was the only film I had on it back then; and when I watch it I Loved the film a lot and I watched it all over again; and again, and I can take the film anywhere I go, and that's why iPods are handy. Even when I first saw the film; I never knew Hank Azaria was in the film; and it took me a while to find out that he was in it; and I later realised that his voice in the film certainly does sound similar to Moe in the Simpsons.
Now for the ratings:
Story - 7 out of 10
Acting 7.5 out of 10
Jokes and Gags - 8.5 out of 10
Cinematography - 9 out of 10
OVERALL TOTAL: 8 out of 10.
I suggest to those who haven't seen it, to take a look at the film ;)
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