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The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse 2005

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Big screen version of the cult British television comedy series, set amongst the eccentric residents of the twisted northern town of Royston Vasey. When misanthropic vicar Bernice (Reece Shearsmith) discovers a prophecy that warns of the destruction of Royston Vasey, the 'locals' discover that they are in fact fictional creations of the 'League of Gentlemen' comedy troupe. Making their way through a mysterious portal into the real world, murderous butcher Hilary Briss (Mark Gatiss), embittered businessman Geoff Tipps (Shearsmith) and sinister pederast Herr Lipp (Steve Pemberton) confront their creators in an effort to force them to continue writing about Royston Vasey. Shearsmith, Gatiss and Pemberton are more interested in their new creation however, a Restoration-era horror called 'The King's Evil', where three Catholic conspirators, aided by the mysterious Pea (David Warner), plot to kill the Protestant King (Bernard Hill) by creating a devilish homunculus. When Hilary Briss and Geoff capture Steve Pemberton to force him to write more Royston Vasey material, Herr Lipp masquerades as him and begins to find a new sense of belonging with his wife (Emily Woof) and family. Convincing the remainder of the League to travel with them through the portal, back to the ravaged Royston Vasey, all three stories crash together in an apocalyptic, disaster-movie showdown.

Starring:
Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, Peter Kay, Paul Hays-Marshall, Bernard Hill, Jeremy Dyson, Reece Shearsmith
Director Steve Bendelack
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 3 October 2005
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2010
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The film version of the successful, if niche TV series possesses a clever concept, summed-up in the title of my review. Whilst knowledge of the original TV series is certainly a sine qua non, the film itself is not just the burying of the TV series within a cinematic scope. Rather, it is an additional film with a film within a film - one of the guys on the accompanying commentary compares it to a pot noodle.

The cast includes some fine cameos by Bernard Hill, Victoria Wood, Emily Woof, David Warner, and Michael Sheen (as Jeremy Dyson), and you might also spot Simon Pegg and Peter Kay too. Using the same director and composer as the TV series, there are obvious overlaps in style and atmosphere with the TV series, and homages to the writers' favourite films come aplenty. Unfortunately, though, the clever concept becomes less funny and more ridiculous as the film develops, as it tries to deal successfully with the effects of its own cumbersome storyline. It ends in a disappointing mush. However, that being said, when watching the film I counted three outbursts of laughter from myself, twenty-five chuckles, and an uncountable number of smiles - but alas, there were no eye-watering guffaws.

The accompanying commentary from all four writers is, like that to the TV series, of mixed use, since it is difficult to know who is saying what as each tries to dominate the conversation. It was recorded prior to the film's release, so they did not then know if the film had bombed or won an Oscar. Of course, history proved it to be more like the former than the latter. In an article in The Guardian in November 2009, Jeremy Dyson is reported as saying that they were naÔve: "Film is capitalism in its brutal form, and it's about how are you going to get an audience.
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I've only recently gotten into watching THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and have to say it is one of the best, funniest and scariest comedies I have ever seen, so after finishing watching the boxed set (series 1-3 & Xmas Special) I couldn't wait to see how it all finished at the end in THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN'S APOCALYPSE. Well I sat down and watched this last night and although it wasn't as funny as the fantastic TV show, it still had me in stitches for the majority of it. It does go slightly off the plot halfway through with the medieval storyline (which does tie up at the end) but that was just as funny as the main TLOG story too. This film had me laughing, cringing and turning away in disgust (some bits are a little gory) but generally is was fairly pleased with the outcome. Well worth watching if you're a fan of the show but otherwise I can't imagine this would make much (if any) sense at all.
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If you've read other plot lines for ''Apocalypse'' you'll probably understand the basic outline of the movie. (With the Royston Vasey inhabitants realising that they are only 2-dimensional fictional characters, they come to look for creators - Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith - and try to persuade them to continue the TV series, fearing they would cease to exist otherwise.) A clever and innovative idea to begin with; the acting is superb and the animation, - especially of the Homunculus - is classic.

Rather refreshingly, the movie concentrates on the more obscure characters from the telly show. And easily the funniest creation from LoG to begin with, Geoff Tipps (or St.George of Asda, as he is heroically crowned) is also the pinnacle figure of the movie providing all of the laugh out loud moments. Shearsmith delivers his lines with his customary Northern charm and lovable churlishness. Most of the humour relies on subtlety, a lot of which I missed on the first viewing. But after watching again and again, I am pleased to say there's something new to laugh at each time. Not much in the way of ''Have you heard the one about the Mau mau'', but this is exactly why the film appeals to a select audience: there's no sign of the catchphrases and familiar jokes that perhaps the fans of the TV show were hoping for. It's not in essence a feature length League of Gentlemen movie - it's instead a movie which happens to feature a few of the characters dreamt up for the TV show.

There's a greater depth behind the humour and ideas, that sadly may have gone to waste if viewers are switching off after 30 minutes. A lot of TV-to-big screen productions can't work as they're basically stretching out a plot that would have otherwise been crammed into a half hour show.
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As fans of the League of Gentlemen then the film was an obvious "must see". The script writers (and performers) for the TV series have now moved on to pastures new leaving their fictional characters to fade and die. However a few brave souls manage to cross the divide into the real world to come face-to-face with their creators to try to persuade them to reconsider their actions - before the apocalypse wipes Royston Vasey from existence.
Although we wouldn't want to have missed the film, the overall feeling at the end was one of disappointment that we didn't feel able to justify a 5 star rating.
Some advice for those who have never come across the League of Gentlemen before ... to avoid feeling totally bemused you must watch series 1 of the TV shows (and ideally series 2 as well) before watching the movie.
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