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5.0 out of 5 stars Helena Bonham-Carter rocks, 20 Dec 2009
This review is from: Rik Mayall Presents: The Complete Series [DVD] (DVD)
I have to confess that I bought this collection purely to get a good copy of Dancing Queen. I originally recorded it straight from TV but wore it out!
I honestly regard this as the best film HBC has ever made, but Rik Mayall is surprisingly good in a romantic leading role. The only flaw with this film is that it feels as if there are chunks missing - and it seems there are. I remember reading somewhere that there was sufficient footage shot to make a 90 minute film, but it had to be savagely cut to meet the demanded format. I also heard that it was planned to release a full-length version at some point, but it was then discovered that the excised footage had been accidentally losy or discarded.
This leaves us with an ending that looks hurried or careless, but it still doesn't spoil my overall enjoyment. What really makes it is the acting, with a bit of a tour-de-force from Bonham-Carter, which is almost the total opposite of the roles she is best known for. The soundtrack is well chosen too and both Nellie The Elephant and Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile) will always bring a smile to my face every time I hear them from now on.
The ending is as corny as hell, but sometimes you simply need a film that simply leaves you with a warm glow. This is that film.

As for the others in the series. Micky Love is a barely disguised portrayal of Hughie Green - very good actually, but I don't feel the need to return to it. Brief Encounter was far more vicious than I remember it from the TV.
As for the rest, well I've had the DVD for about a year now and still haven't got round to watching them again.

I bought this DVD at full price and thought it well worth it for that one episode. It is now obviously a bargain.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2010 23:32:01 BDT
Ian Collins says:
I have to agree, Dancing Queen is the only reason I want this DVD. Much better than the film 'Stripped' or was it 'Staggered' that came out about the same time...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 10:02:57 BDT
Fonzie says:
Staggered is without doubt, the worst film EVER made.
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