Sunday, July 24, 2016

Absolutely Fabulous

Movie Name: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Year of Release: 2016
Director: Mandie Fletcher
Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Christopher Ryan, Kate Moss, Mark Gatiss, Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness, Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Robert Webb, Chris Colfer, Emma Bunton, Jerry Hall, Stella McCartney, Jon Hamm, Rebel Wilson, Dawn French, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Barry Humphries, Joan Collins, Wanda Ventham
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4

The iconic duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone is back. The film finds Edina trying to stay relevant in the PR world, as her meager clients are trying to find new representation. While attending a party hosted by Patsy, Edina tries to lure model Kate Moss to her portfolio clientele, but accidentally pushes her over a balcony, throwing her directly into the Thames. Edina finds herself the target of massive hate, and of a police investigation. Wanting to escape the scandal, both she and Patsy fly off to Cannes, with Edina's grand daughter in tow, in the hopes of escaping their legal and financial woes.
The "Absolutely Fabulous" show started as a skit which was part of the French and Saunders sketch show on BBC, and became it's own entity since 1992. The show has gathered a fantastic following throughout the years, with 5 other seasons and some specials popping up since the debut of the first season. Throughout it all, Jennifer Saunders has maintained the caustic and irreverent tone of the show, always piercing at the core of the superficial trends that seem to come and go. Whilst that usually works in the brief format of the show, in this case, the film lacks serious momentum and a well developed storyline that sustains the entire duration of the film. There's definitely some well put jabs to the cult of celebrity, but the film lacks the sparkle and energy that the episodes of the show always possessed. Revisiting these iconic characters is always a pleasure, sadly for all the energy and fun both Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley bring, the film needs a bigger bite to really make it memorable and ultimately funnier. Revisit the show and file this one under quickly forgettable.