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Plot: Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 07 Jun 2012
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 <more>
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!
A new genre of comedy is born (by robert-temple-1)
This immensely original film gives birth to an entire new genre of 'paranoid comedy', which we might call, for instance, 'cominoia'. The comedy in the film is in many cases hilarious, but at the same time, there is a sadness, a profundity, and a fear of loss and abandonment underlying it all. The film features what I daresay may be the finest performance by Simon Pegg in his career to date. As the hero, Jack, Pegg manages to give the funniest performance of his which I have ever seen, but at the same time he combines it with some powerful and effective dramatic acting as well. <more>
This is a deeply satisfying combination, although the film is often hair-raising in its depiction of human neurotic desperation, and it touches many raw nerves. It is really a serious film presented as an anarchic farce. It greatly surpasses even Pegg's previous masterpiece, SHAUN OF THE DEAD 2004, see my review , and it is about time that Pegg had the opportunity to move even higher up the hysteria scale. He has become the contemporary equivalent of Gene Wilder, but without Wilder's more annoying mannerisms. I knew Wilder in the 1960s and he was more or less the same offscreen as on, and his suppressed hysteria and his mannerisms, and his strangely abstracted whimsicality, seemed to be always with him. Pegg, on the other hand, gives a good offscreen impression of normality, which might even be genuine for all I know. He seems to have mastered a kind of 'Mr. Nobody' look, so that you would tend not to notice him in the street. That is a very good sign for a comedian, as it demonstrates that he will not be consumed by his ego, which if it happened would ruin his effectiveness. Although you would never know unless someone told you, this is a first film by a new director, Crispian Mills. He has directed the film with such assurance that you would think he had been doing it for many years. The editing is truly brilliant, having clearly been cut and recut and recut almost to perfection. Mills was greatly assisted by his director of photography and camera operator, because all of the shots seem to be so perfectly composed, that one almost imagines a special adviser at their elbow suggesting the best perspective and framing. And these shots required a lot of thought, because so many of them are weird and surrealistic, with some extreme closeups at challenging angles. Everything about this film is over the top, surreal, and bursting with imaginative originality, but in a thoroughly controlled manner. The film thus never descends to become a parody of itself. As a technical achievement, it rates very high indeed. How all that hysteria managed to be controlled is in itself something of a miracle. To make an effective cominoiac film is not easy. The script of this film was also written by Crispian Mills, which proves him to be a screenwriter of the first rank in his very first screen debut. And as if that were not enough, he also co-produced the music for the film, having at one time been the leader of the pop music group Kula Shaker. The music choices for the various scenes were well-judged. What this film shows, on the part of both Mills and Pegg, is a sense of balance and control in the midst of a raging hurricane of hysteria, like two people walking a circus tightrope during a storm without a tent to cover them. How did they not fall off the rope? That is the mystery of genius at work. The two seem to have melted together into the perfect team. And a great deal of credit must go to the producer, Geraldine Patten, for letting them get on with it and trusting to her sure instinct that this perilous project would really work. And as if he had not done enough already, Mills was also a joint producer. And Simon Pegg was a joint executive producer. This film is one of those hand-crafted British sleepers made on a low budget which has the potential to score in a really big way worldwide, if properly distributed and marketed. The film contains some sterling performances by others. Clare Higgins is superb as Pegg's agent. Amara Khan, a Sri Lankan beauty, adds a lot of lustre to the film with a shining screen presence and excellent acting abilities. She was a surprising but inspired casting choice. It should be mentioned that Crispian Mills comes from film-making families on both sides, and has grown up living and breathing celluloid in between his bouts as a pop star. In homage to his much-loved grandfather, Sir John Mills, he shot the scenes of Pegg's lunch with his agent in Sir John's favourite London restaurant, L'Étoile, in Charlotte Street. In his very first film, Mills seems to have shown a higher degree of directing talent even than his own father, Roy Boulting. Is it in the genes? It's enough to make you believe in 'the inheritance of acquired characteristics.' As for the story of this film, Pegg plays a man suffering from the most extreme fears 'of everything' which as the film progresses and we learn more about him, we discover have a very understandable origin, and the curious connection they have with a laundry is even explained. It is about mid-way through the film that we come to realize with a shock that this is really a film with a deeply serious intent, dealing with loss and abandonment as its true central motif. The hysteria is a product of the most extreme emotional desperation. The philosopher Henri Bergson, in his book LAUGHTER, said: 'At the root of the comic there is a sort of rigidity which compels its victims to keep strictly to one path ' The high comedy of this film exemplifies that.
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 <more>
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!
Although it was made on a very low budget, with the majority of it set in one room, the storyline is interesting enough to keep concentration for the first hour or so but gets boring fairly son after. There are many comedy moments, although few hilariously laugh out loud ones, that show off Pegg's usual comedy style. This movie would definitely only appeal to those able to concentrate for fairly long periods of time. Much better that Paul and Burke & Hare but not as good as Hot Fuzz. As a admirer of Simon Peggs previous starring roles, I was looking forward to seeing this one and was <more>
not disappointed. Even though the movie started over half an hour late! :- I would highly recommend this movie.
Simon Pegg's character in A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING suffers from the same Post Traumatic Stress that I do when I watch yet another of the seemingly endless television shows documentaries OR dramas that deal with serial killers or mass murderers. This has nothing to do with the fact that I once lived just FOUR blocks from a serial killer in a city where two OTHER serial killers staged what was then the largest escape from Death Row in Virginia's history... Nor the fact that, on at least THREE occasions, serial killers have been credited with local murders here where I now <more>
live... Pegg manages in A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING to convey the sense of heightened paranoia one often feels when surrounded by sinister strangers or even ordinary, everyday basket cases who babble on to themselves while waiting in line at a convenience store or walking down the sidewalk as if they're communicating with someone on another plane of Existence . I found myself laughing out loud because Pegg's reactions in the movie weren't far removed from my own from time to time. A neat little movie that deserves a look.
I'm a bit surprised by the low rating this film currently holds. Sure, it's a bit off beat in terms of dramaturgy and there are certain passages where the dialogue feels forced. But those are really minor concerns as the acting, fantastic setting, wonderful atmosphere and strangeness of the films more than makes up for it.If you've ever experienced paranoia this film will hit the mark with you. The way Simon Pegg portrays the illogical mind of a paranoid person is quite spot on.The film also deserves credit for its imaginary set dressing and effective use of simple but functional <more>
special effects and the animated sequences, as well as its nods to classic horror films and victoriana.
Not for mass audiences, HOWEVER a very clever, funny original (by Harry-Hood)
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 <more>
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.
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 by Pegg. 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 <more>
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.
incredibly strange, but i loved it all the more for it. (by azuriahmcconnell)
honestly i can not see why people would quit watching and leave, but then again that may just be me. I love strange and original stories like this one, and could not find anything wrong with it. it pains me to see great movies like this get rated low just because it does not adhere to the stereotype of cheap humor and pointless action that the masses seem to love. there should be more movies like this; that is strange, funny and wholly weird. this is the first movie review i have made for this site, mostly because i do not really see the point since there are so many others who do the same <more>
thing, but it just blew my mind that so many people could say this was a terrible movie. from what i saw it was better than most i have seen in a while. but then again, i do like strange and unique stories and my opinion may be superfluous. overall i would give this movie an 83% a definite must watch in my book partially because it did leave one thing unanswered in the end, but it did leave leave it open for interpretation so i am undecided on that small detail.