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I bought tickets to this movie for its premier at the Toronto After
Dark Film Festival based on the trailer alone and went in with some
trepidation after checking its IMDb rating and reading some critic
reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Having seen the movie tonight, I can honestly say I feel like I'm from another planet then those reviewers. I absolutely loved this film! It was hilarious, creepy, intelligent, and unique. I was roaring through the whole thing, and it wasn't just me! The entire theater was rolling in their seats! The directer, Chrispian Mills was there and I stayed afterwords to shake his hand and tell him I am now a fan. There was a line of people wanting do the same thing.
I made an IMDb account specifically to tell you to pay no attention to the negative critic ratings. If you've seen the trailer and you think it looks like something you'd enjoy, then for God sakes go see it!
This film will find its audience among fans of dark comedy. Don't
expect the broad appeal of "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz", and
comparisons to other Simon Pegg films miss the point. This is a film
deserving attention, especially for writers and the "cult" audience who
enjoy quirky, unique dark comedies/mysteries.
Reviewers forget that some films are not for everyone, and their opinion is worth nothing in the evaluation of such films. This one may be very much enjoyed by a smaller audience, even after several viewings. "Fantastic Fear" ranks among the "love it or leave it" types; you may find it annoying or too odd, like "Dark Shadows", or it's tremendous fun.
"Burke & Hare" also divided audiences, yet this film has more in common with murder-mysteries, like a cross between "Clue" and a spoofy take on say, the recent "The Raven (2012)". Better than both films, IMO, this will live on with DVD and Blu-ray releases, thankfully.
Box office numbers and critical "consensus" are ultimately short-lived, and very deceptive. Give this a chance if you like dark comedies. And it must be said that Simon Pegg's acting resume becomes increasingly impressive. Regardless of the final product, you have to give him props. And here, the final product is better than you might expect.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything is probably not what you're expecting
from Simon Pegg. It's not horrifically funny like Sean of the Dead, as
outright entertaining as Hot Fuzz and, mercifully, it's not as tepid as
Run Fatboy Run or as stagnant as Paul or Burke and Hare. Actually, it's
not very funny at all to start with.
So what is it? Well, it's a journey and if you decide to embark upon it you'll need to see it through to the end to decide if it was worthwhile. It begins with an engaging, gentle, animated title sequence before introducing us to Jack (Pegg) a flailing children's author engulfed by his research into Victorian murders for a prospective TV series that nobody wants. We quickly discover he has an all-consuming paranoia of being murdered. How do we know this? Because he tells us. And that's when it starts to go downhill.
It's a steep decline that director Crispian Mills (yes it is, but more about him in a minute) seems incapable of avoiding. He seems unaware of any filmic devices to portray the protagonist's thoughts and emotions without resorting to plodding, turgid exposition and painfully obvious statements. It's part way down this terrible slope that you'll feel the urge to pick up your coat, head for the exit and sneak into the screen next door even if it is only Top Cat: The Movie.
Don't! Stick with it. Somewhere around the halfway point the decline into cinema hell slows, stops and gradually heads up to a satisfying peak via some strange and thoroughly enjoyable scenery. For the patient and slightly off-kilter, it's a very satisfying escapade indeed.
At some point you'll discover that it's evolved into a most amusing and very dark trip through a world inhabited by the likes of Tim Burton (when on form), Wes Anderson, Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. It's a world I feel very comfortable in but doesn't suit every reader of my blog. There's murder in mind, paranoia at large and animation sequences akin to Fantastic Mr Fox and The Nightmare Before Christmas on LSD.
Cast-wise there's nothing remarkable on display; Pegg is good but ill served by the stodgy first act and Amara Karan as Sangeet occasionally forgets how to act but gives enough to be enjoyable if not memorable. The absolute star of A Fantastic Fear of Everything is Crispian Mills and it has nothing to do with him being son of Hayley, grandson of Sir John, nephew of Maxwell Caulfield or lead singer of Kula Shaker, although it's all interesting trivia.
No, he's a star because this is his directorial debut. And his first outing as producer. And the first screenplay he's written. As debuts go, it's not up there with Duncan Jones' Moon but it's one heck of a start and he's the star because he's dared to be both dark and different at a time when Hollywood is determined to be predictable and repetitively upbeat.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything is far from being a perfect movie but it's a solid, enthralling film that hints at the possibility of Crispian Mills becoming a very fine filmmaker indeed and a hero of the off-kilter cinephiles who are tired of Tim Burton's ever-downward spiral and in need of someone new to rely on for their fix of surrealism.
The script is intelligent, the direction is smart, the "camera move" is
supreme and Simon Pegg's performance is outstanding. It's a black
comedy with a rather 80's touch that renders the whole atmosphere so
mystical and hysterical. The humor is totally "black" orchestrated with
extreme behavioral moods, spastic grimaces, and unbelievable dream
sequences that you'd love to watch over and over again. The character
Simon Pegg is playing, is a kind of paranoid intelligent looser that is
trapped between 2 worlds. The fears and insecurity he has carried over
from the past (as a kid) have reached a point where they've become
phobias, projecting outwardly in schizophrenic behavior. The character
believes or rather is obsessed with the idea that he is going to be
murdered. I am not going to say anything more about the plot as it's
worth seeing it afresh.
This film captures some amazing ingredients of good black comedy films: mystical atmosphere, sound/music synchronization with sudden camera moves, funny faces (extreme), smart script, dream sequences and spontaneous direction. It's British humor, which I personally love, with a few deeper meanings (behind the whole phobia thing projected from a traumatized subconscious which tries to come to peace with the past).
Having read a few other reviews before watching it, I must say that I find it sad that people expect American style productions and high budgets in order to like a film. How rare good comedies are these days? I loved the film and if you like black comedy and other Simon Pegg's movies I suppose you'll at least like it, since it carries a cinematic seriousness in its humor.
I went to see A Fantastic Fear of Everything with no expectations as I
hadn't read any reviews and had been underwhelmed by a couple of Simon
Pegg's recent efforts. To use a crude rating system i'd say that this
was marginally better than Paul and a lot better than Burke & Hare.
I liked the originality of the story and the journey the character took through the movie. It was frequently amusing without ever getting to real laugh-out-loud comedy levels. Silly humour mixed in with quite clever stuff. I'm not sure how it'll go down outside of the U.K. and indeed I felt that it was more suited to a television rather than big- screen format. It's the sort of film I think you could really appreciate if you put it on after coming home completely inebriated from the pub, although you'd probably have to shave 10-15 minutes off the running time in order to stay awake till the end.
I was feeling very down one evening and wanted to watch something that
would distract me from my thoughts. I went through a couple of lists of
so-called "feel-good movies" but after realising that I can't take
advice from anyone that finds the Hangover funny (no offence, just
different tastes), I decided to see what Simon Pegg has been up to, as
Shaun of the Dead is one of my biggest favourites.
This isn't Shaun of the Dead, and if you watch it expecting it to be, you will be bitterly disappointed, as others have said. However, the movie still has a certain dark humour, which I greatly enjoyed, and it carries a story, which for me was very meaningful.
The first half of the movie might seem a bit dragged-out (I enjoyed it though, perhaps because I know all too well how easy it is to think yourself crazy, so I was able to relate to some of what was going on on the screen), but the second half is truly excellent The negative reviews were a bit too harsh in my opinion and that was what prompted me to write one of my own. I'm not going to say you are guaranteed to like it, all I want to do is suggest you give this movie a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised.
I agree with everything the previous poster said. The movie is brilliant, hilarious, emotive, fantastic and everything most movies I have seen from EUA are not. I love comedy and I always hope to be amused and laugh, but I don't know if it's me who has a weird sense of humor or is the movies I watch. Most of the American movies I have seen lately, THAT'S MY BOY, BRIDESMAIDS, etc. are cute but not funny, not hilarious, not sad, nothing, just empty. I like THE NEIGHBORS, which I have seen nobody else likes, I like SLAMMING SALMON, where I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt, and so on. So Simon Pegg here is great! The story is great, I laughed and cried, what for me makes a movie perfect! This is a great movie for my sense of humor!
Simon Pegg stars as a paranoid crime writer haunted by a fear of being
murdered as well as launderettes. This is a wonderfully surreal film
and a welcome change from the usual bland 'comedies' churned out ten to
the dozen these days. The script is sharp and veers wildly through a
number of weird and very funny scenarios which are milked brilliantly
This is a very British film and quirky film and therefore unlikely to find mass or foreign appeal. However for fans of Simon Pegg and his movies this will be a real treat.
Reading some of the previous reviews and looking at the rating I wasn't expecting to like this film quite as much as I did. Hopefully this film will become a cult classic as it really does stand out.
Here's a bit of advice: Cult films are usually made accidentally.
Something like Withnail And I or Eraserhead were not designed to be
quoted or referenced decades later, but thanks to a combination of
public affection and quirkiness, that's exactly how its turned out. If
on the other hand, you TRY to make your movie as a crazy and as random
as possible to give it distinction, you usually all goes tits-up and
the ends up with a bit of a mess. Exhibit A: This.
Now I don't doubt that Simon Pegg made it with the best of intentions, and there is SOME truly inspired stuff here that made me giggle no end. But there are also plenty of feeble jokes that not even a playschooler would laugh at, and a narrative which is all rather tragic. And Pegg's character is such a shrill worrywart who does such stupid things, he becomes a figure of hate rather than a 'hero' to sympathise with... which isn't good considering he's the sole person on screen most of the time...
A curate's egg then. (Gosh, I've been waiting to use that term for AGES, man... Don't I sound bright?) 5/10
For any fans of Simon Pegg or independent cinema who may potentially be
discouraged from viewing this film due to the low ratings, don't be
fooled! "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" is an incredibly well-done
film from start to finish. Pegg delivers a brilliant performance as an
agoraphobic writer attempting to delve into the world of Victorian
killers for a new book project. His paranoia forces him into a number
of hilariously unfortunate and unexpected situations. This is not your
typical middle school toilet humor nor does the film set up jokes you
can see coming a mile away.
Overall, the film is humorous, entertaining, and incorporates a number of dark, unorthodox story-telling features (including bits of animation). Therefore, if you primarily enjoy big-budget blockbusters or expect that every film featuring Simon Pegg to be "Shaun of the Dead" that sadly, you will probably not enjoy this film. However, if you appreciate story-telling, exemplar acting, and something a little different than the norm, I would highly recommend this film.
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