11 July 2010

The Mighty Boosh: The Film or is it?

Bunny and the Bull – Paul King

After seeing the posters in tube stations, seeing trailers on the TV, and seeing behind the scene featurettes, i finally got to see Bunny and the Bull on DVD and I’m glad i have. I was worried i was going to miss seeing this film because of rubbish cinema times, but after watching it, and loving pretty much every second, i can reveal that this film is awesome. It truly lives up to its reviews and fame it gained from the underground scene in which The Mighty Boosh is the film of chose, Camden is the place of choice and Top Shop is the clothes of chose. It all follows a trend in which “young” people are meant to be a part of. But luckily, the film deviates from this trend and creates a new form of cinema that i haven’t seen before. It continues the trend of British cinema but adds a twist, something that is unexpected. The plot moves along quickly but at the same time is confusing to follow. It doesn’t have a direct path, nor does it finish properly at the end, there isn’t a fairytale ending.

So moving onto the plot, Bunny and the Bull tells the story of a road movie, kinda, where Stephen played by the excellently emotionally detached human being Edward Hogg, recalls the story of his year of travel in the past with his best friend Bunny, played by Simon Farnaby, a scene stealer. The ascetics of the scene are all constructed using objects in Stephen’s flat, inanimate objects which come to life and form the memories and hallucinations. On their journey, they visit various places which are strange and wonderful, meet various people, both crazy and delusional, and end up trying to win the heart of a woman they meet named Elosia. Throw in comic appearances by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) as a dog-loving Russian tramp and a Spanish alcoholic ex-matador, with also a surprise appearance from Richard Ayoade, Moss from The IT Crowd, and the film is exciting, surprising and very fun all at the same time.

The way it moves from being serious to funny is perfectly done, where the audience are pressured into seeing sad, but get those genuine feelings, like throughout most of the film, i was rooting for Stephen’s character by how hard done he was and how unlucky he was in every situation thrown his way. I really haven’t got a bad word to say about the film, it’s surprisingly good and the style is defiantly unique which you may fall in love with. Go check it out now!


Simon Childs

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