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A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
Victorian serial killers
The Final Countdown
Gangsta Rap Mix Tapes
Oven drying laundry
Brian the Hedgehog
Astral Projecting Psychiatrists
Superb Simon Pegg
Mix all these things together, wash, rinse and dry and you've got yourself an intriguing, funny and surprising film that is only let down a bit by its final act.
The scenes in the house are bordering on greatness, Pegg is practically performing a ballet with his pouncing and leaping around the place. The narration gives the film a comfortable feel and the colours/saturation are really lovely. However, it veers so wildly away from what makes it outstanding that it lost me somewhere towards the middle and never regained the magic. Still worth a watch, and a pretty good soundtrack (erm, not counting Final Countdown!).
This film is about underpants.
I'm a big fan of underpants so obviously I enjoyed it.
Gonna go roll around on the floor for a bit. Cya later!
A Fantastic Fear of Everything seems to be a rather polarising film with people either engrossed by its quirky rambling charms or bored by its aimless indulgences. As you can probably guess from my rating I’m firmly in the latter camp. Based on Bruce Robinson’s novella, Paranoia in the Launderette, I can see how this story would work far better on the page than on the screen seeing as the entire story is from the perspective of a paranoid writer who is irrationally frightened of everything.
Crispian Mills (yes, that Crispian Mills) expands the story yet fills it with such quirky and inconsequential waffle I was spending most of the time looking at my watch rather than the television screen.…
If I see the name "Simon Pegg" in big letters on the cover with an image of him in [albeit gross] underwear...of course I'm going to want to watch it!
A Fantastic Fear of Everything was often times laugh-out-loud funny, and always endearing and stylish.
I do not know if it has anything to do with being from America but I have absolutely no idea who Crispian Mills was before writing the screenplay and directing this movie. I knew he was a musician after reading Antonomasia's well-written and informative review of A Fantastic Fear of Everything. Thankfully, whatever tarnishing thoughts a person may have associated with Mills, I think they should let them go when it comes to his artistic…
"Given Crispian Mills' music, I wasn't expecting much - apart from Simon Pegg - of his debut as a writer-director, but surprisingly, it's really good..." posted a friend whose taste I greatly respect. Immediately I wanted to see the film, which I hadn't heard of before. For starters, I think this friend and ... well, most people are a bit harsh on Kula Shaker (a minor Britpop band, remembered for ill-judged public-school-hippie pronouncements, and psychedelic influenced tunes which I found quite catchy). And Mills comes from a strong cinematic lineage (grandfather Sir John, mother Hayley) so you'd hope he'd produce something reasonable. He also seems to have aged well and whatever my sixteen year old self saw in his looks…
This was a really fun movie! It kind of reminded me of an old fashioned Gene Wilder/Don Knotts type comedy (I know those two aren't exactly the same actors, but I can't think of how else to describe it!). It must be new on Netflix or something, because I'd never heard of it before, but as soon as Taxi Driver was over...there it was in the Netflix listings. I do enjoy the Simon Pegg movies. 4/5.
This is an extremely spotty film-- I give it three stars to average out the oscillations; really funny, engaging dark humour at the top end, tedious, repetitive flat humour at the other.
quirky, hilarious, bizarre. even though the movie wasn't amazing, it's definitely one of simon pegg's more hilarious roles. it dragged a bit in the middle, primarily because the laundromat sequence was far too long, but overall, it was a good watch and a great film for a pegg fan.
I don't know why but I loved everything about this movie...
While I usually enjoy Simon Pegg, this movie was all over the place and not very funny.
For a British movie, it feels surprisingly French. It’s all about weirdness and has some visual ideas, that feel heavily inspired by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry.
Simon Pegg delivers maybe his best performance so far and seeing how the script pushes him further and further, is a lot of fun. What drags the movie down a little, is unfortunately the last act. I’m not saying it destroys everything that came before, but it feels like the result of a reshoot, after test audiences demanded a more streamlined ending after all the previous craziness. But as a whole, it’s still a great movie.
A complete mixed bag with no laughs and no heart.
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…