At the Adelaide World Premiere, the audience was asked to wear "Spike" masks back-to-front on their heads. A photo from the rear of the auditorium showed an audience full of grimacing Spike Milligans. See more »
Warts and all loving portrait of Spike Milligan the man. A mixture of remembrances from friends and family, home movies, clips from Spikes work, and several interviews with Spike this tries to set the record straight and portray Spike as a person and not the "Godfather of Comedy" . I don't know what I expected but I don't think it was what I got which is a portrait of Milligan that sort of pushes his work to the side in order to portray the man as a friend, brother or dad. Its not a bad thing but unless you're a fan already and want to know more about Spike the person the film is going to fall flat. Who was Spike? The film doesn't really make it clear. Why should you care? Unless you know his work you probably won't. This isn't to say its a bad film, its not, its just that I would have liked more of a balancing of the man and his work (which is mentioned but most of the references are going to be lost if you don't know them). Yes the film tells you a great deal about his life and family,and if that is what you're looking for this is great. If you're looking for a film to explain what all the shouting was about you'll have to look else where. 6 out of 10.
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