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Alan Furnace is a young man with the perfectly proper, quiet life of a London school teacher. But beneath all of that decency lies a burning desire for excitement and he just found it. She's a woman unlike any other: Unruly Irish eyes, Latin lips... her name is Beatrice, but on the streets they call her B. Monkey. She's about to take him on an outrageous, dangerous and sexy ride through the wild side of London. Written by
There are multiple scenes in the theatrical trailer not found in the finished release:
Beatrice standing with her back against the side of an escalator wearing a golden dress.
During the first date in the restaurant she places Alan's hand on her chest to feel her heart instead of just kissing his hand. She asks "Can you feel it?". He excitedly answers yes before she corrects him with "Not my breast, my heart".
A scene where Beatrice implores Alan to "say you love me, whatever happens" at Alan's boathouse.
After the first sex scene she tells Alan "you have to save me" whilst lying in bed facing away from him and looking into the camera.
A scene with Beatrice and Bruno fist bumping each other outside the café.
After visiting Mrs. Sturge Beatrice stops and screams "B Monkey read my name" in public whilst gesticulating wildly.
When Frank arrives at the cottage his reflection can be seen in his car door while he calls for Beatrice by yelling "B Monkey".
Paul's white car speeding out of control in a field before bursting into flames when it hits a wall. This is interspersed with shots of Beatrice screaming "No" whilst reaching out with one arm, a shot from behind her with the car in flames and finally with a shot of her face and tears flowing down it. This would seem to be an alternate ending.
B Monkey, entertained but didn't add anything to my weekend. The London Film Festival gave the World Premiere of this movie which must have been shot before My Best Friend's Wedding when Rupert Everett was still an untouchable (according to Radford, Everett paid for and shot his own screen test because no one would give him a chance). He worked well as the out of it drug pusher whose life B Monkey is entangled with. The two leads, Jared Harris and Asia Argento work well together but this is still not enough to make the movie fully work. The London locations look great (even if with the usual cinematic ploy unconnected parts of town seem to be next to each other).
Overall I may not have gained much from seeing this film but I enjoyed the experience.
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