Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
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…
There are moments of greatness in Crispian Mills’ “A Fantastic Fear of Everything”, but they are few and far between, and connected by nonsensical and incongruous sequences that are at times vain, incomprehensible, and plain offensive.
Simon Pegg may be the film’s saving grace, a wonderfully animated lead portraying a paranoid writer afraid serial killers are out to get him with theatrical joy. His character, whose house is as Victorian as the murderers he studies and writes about, is about as strange and varied as any you’ll see, ranging from frightened to friendly to cool to intelligent within seconds. At times he’s flailing around as if he’s fighting for his life when there is nothing to be afraid of, and…
This is just a chunk of amazing chaos.
Interesting. Simon Pegg works well with this director. He will have a breakthrough hit eventually. Not everything worked but the pacing was well executed.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything begins with a rambunctious, almost neo-noir style and jarringly transitions to what is supposed to be a horror comedy, although it falls flat in both areas. The film had a zany and interesting premise, but the shortness of the source material was dragged on for far too long in the screen adaption.
I started the film because of Simon Pegg, and I finished the film because of Simon Pegg.
"This could be a very average movie, but oh they had to star Simon Pegg and choose a really cool topic. And now I do like it!"
"It's scary good!"
Good movie with interesting plot, but ends up being a little weary after some runtime.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was a great movie. I am starting to really love simon pegg movies. the way these comedies are filmed is what makes them so great. this story was good and had some really good laughes....
i busted out laughing the mirror scene at the laundry. lmao
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. It's entirely whimsical in the best possible way, mimicking a children's movie in a way that's horribly depraved. It's chock-full of ostentatious visual humor, but interspersed with more subtle cues, creating what I found to be a pleasant combination. The spoken dialogue didn't fall short either- good one-liners throughout, always staying true to the film's dark, witty whimsy. Ultimately, a simple story put together in a thoroughly stimulating (and ridiculous) fashion, which is exactly what I look for in a work of fiction, cinematic or otherwise. Thumbs up.
Of the many things on in the background throughout christmas day, A Fantastic Fear of Everything may well have been my favourite. It isn't quite as good as I had hoped but it has a certain charm to it. The style of it is brilliant, Simon Pegg is a one man show and the humour is just my thing. A tad too long, which hurts the film, however if it had been a short (I'm thinking 10-20 minutes, still with Pegg) it would have been perfect.
I have this weird fetish for movies about writers. I love all of them, good or bad.
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