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!).
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.…
"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 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!
I hadn't even heard of this film until 6 days ago, when Del posted a comment on Antonomasia's glowing review, and then reviewed it positively. So today it arrived in the post, and what a wise addition to my Lovefilm list it proved to be.
Jack (Simon Pegg) writes children's books, but has become obsessed with tales of Victorian murderers, leaving him completely paranoid and too afraid to do simple tasks like going to the laundrette. His over-active imagination runs wildly though this film and kept me thoroughly entertained, it is a comedy with a dark side, a comedy that wasn't just looking for laughs.
So dear Letterboxders, please keep writing your marvellous reviews of good films (and commenting on the reviews) so that I know what to watch.
15 years ago, there were few things in the world I loved more than Kula Shaker and Crispian Mills, so to hear that he was trying his hand at directing and writing was a nice surprise. While the film was certainly entertaining, with enjoyable art direction and Simon Pegg lovable as always, there is little driving the film onwards plot-wise. It's a bit of an impossible premise, with a neurotic hermit who is terrified of everything and therefore unable to do much. Most of the film's action is brought about by Pegg reacting to an inner fear/panic and it's difficult for the audience to get involved, and the film drags as a result. Perhaps this would be better suited in smaller installments as a BBC3 comedy series.
A presença de Simon Pegg sempre garante boas risadas e algumas cenas inspiradas, fora isso existe uma passagem em 'stop motion' muito legal, mas é um daqueles filmes que não precisariam existir por não trazer nada assim de tão interessante.
The amount of potential and promise squandered by inconsistent stylistic choices and techniques is unfortunate but there's too much to like to deprive it of a decent score -- namely the fantastic performance by Pegg. Easily enjoyable with some excellent scenes but the sloppy execution is truly disappointing as this could have been pretty amazing with a bit of better writing and structure. Apart from feeling like it was helmed by 10 different auteurs simultaneously, Pegg was enough to make me feel as though I didn't waste 100 minutes of my day.
Watched this at a friends, the day before shooting our own short for the sequel to 'ABC's of Death'.
I think we both felt similarly about it in the end. It had potential to be quite interesting, but ended up losing focus on the plot in order to focus more on stylising itself. It had quite a unique feel and look, but ultimately became a little dull and slow.
Pegg played his role reasonably well, but was given fairly limited material to work with.
Perhaps the director will build up from this, what with it being his debut.
Overall, I just felt like it could have tried a few more things, and just felt a little sparse with what it did give us in the end.
Great art direction and style. The looney and surreal story tells the tale of an insane writer that has to face his demons. it is a simple movie with a low budget, that is noticeable sometimes, but the weird situations and camerawork make up for that.
I enjoyed it very much and is definitely something special and unique.
What a shame. Has the premise to be clever and multilayered but very quickly becomes flat and one dinmensional.
An odd little comedy.
Was not sure what to expect from this.
However, it takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's interesting and really quite funny.
I'll probably re-watch it, pretty soon.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything has a whole lot of style, but there wasn't all that much content to back it up. While overall I did actually like it quite a bit, it's quirky and Pegg gives it his all, I just thought that it never really goes anywhere. Pegg's character sits about worrying and then goes to the laundrette and that's about it. I would have liked to have seen him have an adventure on a bit of a larger scale. It's great to see Crispin Mills can actually direct though it's strange seeing him do so after Kula Shaker.