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Great for Martin Freeman fans
on 8 July 2011
I purchased "The All Together" as part of Martin Freeman's back catalogue available on DVD. Had it not been for him playing one of the main characters, I wouldn't have touched this film as I found the synopsis anything but inspiring. Having watched the DVD, I still wouldn't consider this the best film of all times but Martin Freeman's presence in it definitely elevates it to more than watchable status (for me anyway).
What better beginning to a film can a Martin Freeman fan ask for than a voiceover by the man himself, accompanying a shot of him in bed, followed by a series of gorgeous facial close-ups. Even if you say differently in the commentary, Martin, no need to hate them, rest assured!
Watching the DVD, I was a bit suspicious if Moffat/Gatiss had seen the film before penning their brilliant `Sherlock', because Martin's role reminded me more than a bit of Dr Watson: a study in exasperation, self-control and saintly patience. Martin is just so skilled in portraying those emotions in the most perfect and believable way. There is even a truly Sherlockian fridge scene in this - enough said.
I was surprised to learn from the commentary that the film was shot within 18 days, in a mid-terrace house, on an extremely low budget. Martin Freeman fans will be delighted to see that his real-life partner Amanda is excellently cast in a supporting role as social worker Sarah who is asked out by Martin's character in the most appalling and hilarious way. Even one of his dachhunds, Archie, gets his 20 seconds of fame.
Martin Freeman aside, this is a genuinely funny movie if you can ignore the gross bits (I, like Martin Freeman, "don't like the vomit"). It's well worth watching if you can pick it up cheaply. Due to Martin Freeman's presence in the movie, providing me with so many laugh-out-loud moments, I must award five stars. If I wasn't a MF fan, I'd probably give it three stars.