Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
This show is basically about grumpy old British mentheatre actors, columnists, radio-reporters and media producersgiving a well-deserved and well-articulated kick up the arse to various issues. In other words, they are grumpy and they whine. About everything. About commercials, technology, art, celebrities and values of all sorts that they are out-of-touch with. I've only seen three episodes of this, but I can't imagine there are many more than that because there isn't an endless list of things to knock... is there?
What I have seen has been consistently brilliant the comedic skills of these grumpy old men stem from the fact that they aren't comedians, but your average...well, grumpy old man. Although I am a young woman, a lot of things they put forward is highly relatable and therefore also extremely side-splittingly funny. Think George Carlin or a much milder Denis Leary angry, cynical and sparing no issues from criticism. An issue is presented by the narrator, and then it cuts back to the grumpy old men who comment on it... in absolutely hysterical ways.
The only problem as far as I see it is the persistent "flashback" device in which the narrator of the show (also a grumpy old man) zooms back to the 60's and 70's when the men were young and idealist, I guess to juxtapose this state with their old cynical mentalities. But it's not funny, at all. Maybe this part caters more older generations but I just don't see how constant reminiscing about The Beatles and the sexual revolution is at all a novel idea. It's incongruous the otherwise funny show.
Overall pretty solid entertainment because it's condensed into 30 minutes, featuring brilliantly funny highlights at times but always a lot of fun. 8/10
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