A great little film from the writers of Auf Wiedersehen Pet.,
This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a simple story about a fictional 70's rock band called Strange Fruit who split up 20 years ago because of misfortune and
too much hostility within the ranks. Now, 20 years later (in 1998) the band decide to reunite for a forthcoming open air festival.
The humour in this film comes mainly from the band members, who still cannot get along with each other, always arguing, and it's obvious that they're actually too over the hill for this reunion.
The film features some of the best acting talents the UK has to offer. With strong performances by Stephen Rea, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy, Jimmy Nail and Billy Connolly.
Stephen Rea is the sensible, mild mannered, keyboard player.
Timothy Spall, a panic stricken, hyperactive and rather naive drummer.
Bill Nighy plays a doped up Ozzy Osborne type lead singer.
Jimmy Nail, a moody bad tempered bass player.
Billy Connolly, the sceptic roadie who's just... well, mad!
Most of the songs thoughout the film were performed by Bill Nighy, Jimmy Nail and the band. The song at the end is a joy to behold!
Because the band members' characters are so well portrayed by the actors, you really warm to each and every one of them. You find yourself wanting them to get over their differences and succeed in their goal.
There's also plenty of screen time for each character, not bad considering this is only a 90 minute film.
When you reach the part in the film where they go on tour over in Holland, it really feels like you're on the road with these guys. It's a very similar feel to Auf Wiedersehen Pet (for those of you who's seen it), where it felt like you lived on that building site with those characters.
If ever there was a film where you wished that a sequel or a spin off TV series was made, then Still Crazy is that film.
Sadly though, when the film ends you'll be left wanting to see more of these characters, but there's no sequel to follow.
All in all it's a wonderful British comedy that has a great story, great songs and very little special effects. It's a perfect example of how to make a good film without relying too much on those CGI gimmocks! And although it's now 10 years old, it's as fresh now as it was when it was first released.