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on 8 January 2010
Being a keen supporter of both Meadows and Considine's previous collaborations, as well as being a Spinal Tap obsessive, this film, on paper at least, sounded tailor made for me.
Alas, one viewing later, I fear that this is in fact a bit of a mixed bag.
On the plus side, Donk, as a central character seems a likeable but deeply flawed anti-hero, imbued with enough pathos and comedic potential by Considine to get you initially on side within the opening scenes.
Heavy weight Midlands rapper, Scor-Zay-Zee is similarly well painted and proves to be the most enjoyable character throughout the film.
However, the scene where Donk berates 2 women during the hotel room rehearsal, is just not funny and feels quite laboured - improv comedy at it's worst and when Donk comes back into the room to apologise, I reached for the remote to fast forward, overcome as I was by cringing.
Also, Olivia Colman's portrayal as Donk's ex-girlfriend didn't seem to ring true and if that's a new born baby in the latter half of the film, then I'm a dutchman.
All that said, the film's saving grace is the live footage of our hapless hero's opening up for the Arctic Monkeys.
That said, I did feel short changed and was left feeling I'd invested in a high budget home video of Shane and Paddy mucking about.