Everyone has at least one film they like that everyone else seems to hate. Maybe they didn't get it. Maybe…
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…
I was so looking forward to this film, but it's a huge mess. Simon Pegg is the best part of the movie and his performance isn't even enough to save it from itself. Such a shame.
Released in the United Kingdom in 2012 but only now appearing stateside, A Fantastic Fear of Everything is the fantastically uneven directorial debut of Crispian Mills. Simon Pegg stars as a grubby writer struggling to maintain his sanity as he researches a book about Victorian-era serial killers, while also unearthing the buried secrets of his own troubled childhood. Pegg is far better than this half-realized freak-fest deserves, and much as he did in last year’s excellent The World’s End, he manages to find a secret logic in the black fog of paranoia and narcissism. However, Mills never lands on a tonal sweet spot that can unify this film’s mismatched pieces (the Victorian angle, for example, never pays off), and so it lurches between cheap slapstick, Tim Burton-esque black humor, and broad satire, with an excruciating second-act launderette sequence that goes on forever.
I went in to this film, a little skeptical. I had just had an operation, and didn't think this film would be funny enough to cause me pain. I had to turn off after 20 minutes and save it for a few days later.
Simon Pegg, as always, is a joy. His little facial expressions, the tone in his voice when he delivers certain lines and words, had me laughing out loud. It reminded me of the feel of him in Spaced and Shaun Of the Dead.
This isn't a film, with the humor of either. More a film about a troubled man, trying to deal with life within his tiny world. At times I though to myself, this is…
Simon Pegg is brilliant in this black comedy.
(This is one of the cases when the ratings for the following categories don't really seem to match up with the overall rating for me. It does happen often.)
An intriguing character study, immensely comedic. It's a bit more thoughtful near the end.
I love how this character actually talks to himself when he's alone. Unlike the main character in All Is Lost.
Simon Pegg is entertaining all on his own, and just... he's got that face. the perfect terrified, paranoid, concerned face. You can see this in the very first shot of the film. Oh, and we've got Sweet Lime.
Loved the shading of the main character's house. Very…
The trailer showed all the clever moments.
It starts seeming like a cute, eccentric, ridiculous film but it just doesn't really work.
Some great ideas, some really fun moments; but where it ends up is awful and overall it's awkward.
I suspect it worked much better as a novella.
A bit of a disappointment I have to say. I love Simon Pegg, but the setting of this film seems to be 'stuck' in something. Overally good and entertaining though.
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I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
Please help me…