THE FAVOR, THE WATCH, and THE VERY BIG FISH
DIRECTOR:            BEN LEWIN
ENGLAND  1991   
CAST:                     BOB HOSKINS, NATALIE RICHARDSON, JEFF GOLDBLUM
ONE WORD:          English Comedy


English Comedy always ends up like this. A bit weird, strangely written and eventually so confusing, that an ending leaves you thinking what the heck? ... but the story is always surrealistic, and only makes sense to the actors. The gags of course, always get you.

American comedy is almost always the sitcom. A little limited by the setting constraints. But, at least you know what is going on, and who will smooch who before the whole thing is done. The gags, just repeat themselves.

This film is funny in its own way, probably because Bob Hoskins knows how to play a role seriously, and carry the whole film.

It is a story of an artistic photographer who takes pictures of the major biblical scenes. But they haven't found the right guy to play Jesus. Jeff Goldblum just got out of jail, and has a beard, and no clothes, and by a stroke of luck, ends up getting the job of Jesus, because, well, he looks the part. The gallery now makes a lot of money, and all is well, except that both the pianist (Goldblum) and Louie (Hoskins) now have a story to share, and that is of a girl, who turns out to be the same for both of  them. As the story progresses, the pianist becomes more infatuated with his role of Jesus, and when he realizes that his chances are gone, or at least, not worth it any more, he decides to go for a walk onto the London 'baths'  or underground sewers.He appears to walk on the water for a while, and then down he goes.

Before all this, his success was getting to him, because somehow, little miracles kept happening to make his appearance more significant, and the sales to shoot off the charts.

While the whole thing is done tastefully, and the religious gags are genuine, the film does drag on a bit. The intertwined story is a bit too much to take in a city of ten million people, but ohhh well, it is comedy and clever writing. And the humor is very British, which may upset a few stomachs, here and there.

All in all, it is OK, and probably funnier if I wasn't so damn stuck up on the GOONS, and DEREK & CLIVE's. Bob Hoskins is very good. It's worth it, but you may need a beer and chips to help it along.

SEE IT.

3 GIBLOONS

 

   

      

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