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Le Dodgy, more like...,
This review is from: Le Donk [DVD] (DVD)
Being a fan of Meadows and Considine, and having fallen for the hype I was looking forward to this, but I have to say in all fairness - this is a major stinker. Even if you remove the huge amount of hype that was put behind this project, it still struggles.
Supposedly made in just seven days (as part of Meadows' new Dogma-esque lo-fi film making manifesto) LD&S unfortunately cannot hide such an adventurous lack of preparation. The flow is disjointed, with barely enough running time to lift it above short-film status; Considine plays a third-hand character that comes late, yet brings nothing to the David Brent / Alan Partridge school of embarrassing, deluded mugs; and the general level of production value is shameful for a project promoted so heavily. (Check the size of the new-born baby, which must have been six months old if it was a day. Imagine giving birth to that... Hmmmm.)
Not since Love, Honour & Obey have I sat through such a narcissistic, self-indulgent waste of film, time and goodwill. Both the director and star seem to find everything hugely amusing throughout, which, for me cast this as a vanity project that was somehow blown way out of proportion. Having read various magazine interviews around its cinema release, in which both parties were hugely positive about the film's content and characters, LD&S casts a dubious light on both the director's and star's motivation in this instance. In fact I'd go as far to say that this is the kind of howler that potentially kills careers; yet, because of the high status of Meadows and Considine, they somehow escaped a critical mauling. Given the enjoyable, yet small scale of Somers Town, followed by this, I'd say Meadows has clearly been affected by the huge success of This is England. And not in a good way.
Little more than a DVD extra that ran away with itself, if LD&S had been a TV project it would have struggled, but as a film or full-price DVD, it's a borderline crime.