Went to the Gala screening of Huge at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film itself started an hour after scheduled due to the fashionable late arrivals of the stars and an introduction by a stand up comedian. Little did we know that we were getting our comedy upfront before being subjected to 80 minutes of lack luster "comedy" (believe me - I could make these quotation marks big enough).
I can only assume Ben Miller had a great idea for a film, got a bunch of famous UK comedy legends interested in making cameo appearances, amassed the necessary funding and then... realised there wasn't actually a film in his idea. The film fails to satisfy throughout, with the potential highs never seen and the comedians in focus never actually performing on-screen.
Is satisfaction a requirement for good comedy? Of course not, but the potential for dark comedy is never realised nor explored, with Ben Miller instead opting for one-series-on-BBC-Three-aired-at-1am-on-a-Tuesday-night level of comedy.
If this wins the Gala prize at the EIFF, I'm moving to Glasgow!
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