Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits from their dealer and the months of untouched washing-up, they escape to the country, with the intention of getting some R and R at a cottage owned by Withnail's uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). However, things do not exactly go as planned, Withnail being particularly unsuited to the quiet social mores of countrypeople. The pair's friendship starts to become sorely tested amid the vicissitudes of their 'holiday'. More ominously, uncle Monty appears in person seemingly with something of an eye for 'I'.
I already own Withnail on VHS, DVD and Bluray, but had the sudden and overwhelming urge to watch in the dead of night when I couldn't sleep and needed the comfort of this impeccable narrative. Amazon came in very handy when I couldn't be bothered to wake the household and fetch the physical copies. That alone is testament to how much you need this film in your life. It's nourishment for your soul.
I loved the simplicity of the storyline, which really allowed the excellent acting to shine out. The delivery of wit was really well acted out and I thought that the actors really worked incredibly well together. Richard E. Grant swears so beautifully throughout the film. It's the sort of film I'd watch again and again. I'd recomend it if you like other British film such as Billy Elliot, Full Monty, Kinky Boots, Brassed Off etc.
Brilliant movie as both Paul McGann and Richard E Grant were unknowns then back in 1986/87 and it was proper unrestrained acting in its purest form a tribute to both actors they say wine matures with age in actors but for this black comedy it matured early for both of them well done to them both.