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An odd Brit-flick,
This review is from: A Fantastic Fear of Everything [DVD] (DVD)
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (AFFOE) is the tale of children's-author-gone-morbid-writer Jack. Cooped up in his dark and eerie Hackney flat, he has developed an insufferable paranoia that everyone is trying to kill him due to the subject of his latest book - an in-depth look at the who's who of London's historic killers. Confined to the flat by a combination of fear and societal shame, Jack wallows in his own filth & self-pity until a phone-call spurs him to meet a potential buyer for his manuscript. But with paranoia & insomnia abounding, the main obstacle Jack faces is the laundrette to clean his clothes for the meet. With a long-standing irrational fear of the places - this may be his undoing. Will Jack manage to pull himself together?
With its deeply unsettling plasticized introductory panning across London to his flat and the unsettlingly-framed shots of the interior of his flat it's clear that AFFOE is not a straight-comedy as might be expected featuring Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) as the leading man. What follows is rather dull in places, his fear really not carrying across to the audience as we are left to ponder just why Jack is so irrational. The gags largely come from slapstick and only the inclusion of a seriously surreal phone conversation with his therapist (played by Paul Freeman - Hot Fuzz) adds any notable entertainment.
The direction is wobbly by first timer Crispian Mills (the guy from Kula Shaker!) When the proverbial record skips to the laundrette there is slightly more intrigue; but again the humour relies almost entirely on slapstick. The ending leaves something to be desired, ending as abruptly as it began with a ham-fisted inclusion of another plot thread. Whilst defenders of this film will shout "subtext" at me, I failed to find the substance to any of this story and I approached with an open mind and love Pegg in general.
Extra content: There's a director's commentary accompanied by Simon Pegg, some deleted scenes and an introduction to the film.
Worth a watch if you are a die-hard Pegg fan and for something different. But falls far short of blowing your mind.