TL;DR – An abomination of film with no redeeming qualities, don’t waste your money on this drivel
Score – 0.5 out of 5 stars
Oh Mark Strong, you are a good actor, a really good actor, by why, oh why do you end up cast in these truly terrible films. Grimsby tells the story of two brothers split up in their youth, one moves to London and becomes a spy for the MI6 and the other stays in Grimsby a post-industrial decline town in the coast of England. After being apart for thirty years they crash into each other’s lives and mischief occurs, and just now you are thinking ‘hey wait that actually sounds like an interesting premise to a film, it has all the makings of a solid narrative’, and you would be right, it could have been a great film, but it’s not, to put it in perspective it is –
So where does it go wrong, well the better question is what does it get right, but we’ll come to that a bit later. Firstly, the humour is lazy, ripping off other better films and somehow making the jokes worse in the process. It uses gross-out humour, without any contextual backing, and is a tier 1 offender of using jump scare laughs. Its recurring jokes are just painful, if you have to make a disclaimer at the end of your film that Daniel Radcliffe was not a part of the film and does not have AIDS then well you’ve got a problem.
When it comes to the story, it’s not that much better off. It’s your standard fish out of water story, the normal guy becomes spy shtick. The sudo-James Bond-esk plot involves Agent Sebastian Graves (Strong) being interrupted by Carl Allen “Nobby” Butcher (Cohen) whilst trying to stop an assassination, which for some reason gets pinned on Graves, for no apparent reason what’s so ever. So with the MI6 after him with a kill order, for no reason, and which makes no sense because you would want him alive if you thought he was a mole, Graves hides out with his brother in his old home of Grimsby. Then stuff happens and they end up in Africa, and then stuff happens and they end up in Chile, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher & Penélope Cruz pop up every now and again and then the blessed end credits roll.
Is there anything interesting, well yes one thing, there was an action sequence at the start shown from the perspective of a camera in Graves’ eye. This meant that it was in the style of a First Person Shooter, which I have never really seen done well before. But of course all this does is get ones hopes up for a competent action film, which you will find is quite lacking in between all the genitalia jokes.
Since the film has bombed a lot of people have claimed it failed because it was too British, I must disagree, if failed because it was pure crap and people noticed and unlike films about trucks that change into robots they actually had a good grace not to show up, also the better film in every way Deadpool is still showing, seriously if you want some mature humour/action go see Deadpool, it is a much better use of your money.
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Directed by – Louis Leterrier
Screenplay by – Sacha Baron Cohen & Phil Johnston
Story By – Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham & Phil Johnston
Starring – Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher & Penélope Cruz
Rating – Australia: MA15+; Canada: 18A; Ireland: 16; NZ: R; UK: 15, USA: R