A Futile And Stupid Gesture (2018) – Stuff And That Guest Review

He’saback! Unfortunately some would say… but not me! Love it here. Thanks to ma grrl Renate for letting me have another crack at posting on her fantastic blog and I’ll be linking to my homeblog below if ya like what ya read.

Milo here.

A new release on Netflix, A Futile And Stupid Gesture chronicles the humble beginnings of National Lampoon magazine, which soon went on to influence American comedy in a huge way, bringing irreverent and dark humour to the US masses — and then onto produce smash-hit movies like Animal House and Caddyshack. All of this is centred on Doug Kenney, the driving force behind it all, played by Will Forte (Nebraska, The Last Man On Earth).

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I enjoyed the film a reasonable amount I must say. Will Forte delivered a fine performance in the lead role, with his quick wit and sharp delivery coming in handy with the character study, as did Domhall Gleeson (Frank, Ex Machina), who almost topped his co-star with a much more reserved yet likeable performance. His deadpan expressions and ability to stretch a little further than Forte, dramatically, solidifies why he’s one of my favourite actors at the moment. That being said, some of the most enjoyable actors to watch were those playing Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, Jon Daly and Joel McHale respectively, as they managed to capture the unmistakable likeness of their characters brilliantly.

However, my main criticism of the film is the some of the really misjudged storytelling devices, including the use of Martin Mull to play a would-be present day Doug and narrate the story in a weird, fourth-wall breaking but also documentarian kinda way. It’s a really good idea too, but the execution was wonky to say the most and an odd choice for the movie, considering the context. I also wasn’t a fan of how many assumptions and liberties the filmmakers took with the story, especially the ending where *SPOILERS GUYS DON’T IF YOU HAVEN’T YA DIG??* it’s heavily implied the Doug killed himself when, in real life, it’s much more ambiguous *YA ALRIGHT NOW IT’S K*. I mean, yeah, they did admit the changed stuff in the story and even played it to comedic effect, but, as I’ve said many times before, just because you admit it doesn’t mean it’s excused, and I think A Futile And Stupid Gesture would’ve been more effective if it had just stuck with the original story — it’s wild enough at least.

Overall, Netflix’s A Futile And Stupid Gesture is a perfectly enjoyable way to explore the surface level of National Lampoon’s story, and is hopefully enough to inspire one to dig a little deeper, with an entertaining cast of performances and light tone. However, it’s pick-n-choose approach to the more biographical aspects of this film render it much less effective, as well as it’s wavering tone and pacing, which left me feeling disappointed.

My rating: 6.8/10

Thanks again to Renate, twas a pleasure indeed. And if you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out Stuff And That, we combine the writing power of two weak amateurs, questionable taste and an undying need for attention — I know, tempting, right?

Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations

Milo.

 

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DOCTOR WHO COMPLETE SEASON 10 REVIEWS

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Hi friends! So the very sad time has come, season 10 of Doctor Who has ended and there will be no more reviews. What am I going to watch every Saturday now?! It’s very hard for me because I am a Doctor Who fanatic but I’m going to stay strong. I did however do a review on each episode and I thought I would make a post with the links to the 12 reviews in case you wanted to read some. I’ve really enjoyed making these reviews and I’m definitely going to do the same for season 11, but this time without Peter Capaldi ( 😦 ). I really hope you have enjoyed them and season 10 of Doctor Who. It’s been a pretty good season, hasn’t it? So just click on a picture to get to a review. Thank you so much for reading, you are a pearl!


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Doctor Who S10E12 Review

doctor-who-s10e12-f3ccc28486bcfdf4e4ef1ee3778b6886-fullJuly 2017   Ι   Season 10   Ι   Episode 12   Ι   Rachel Talalay

Following the previous episode, the Doctor, the Master, Missy, Nardole and Cyber-Bill are trying to come up with a plan to prevent the Cybermen from taking children. Missy and the Master has their own plans but Missy wonder if she’s going the right way. Meanwhile, Cyber-Bill is figuring out what it means to be a Cyberman and she doesn’t like it. 

IT CAN’T BE OVER!! This season just came and went before I even had the chance to blink (we don’t have any Weeping Angels here so I’m allowed to do that). I seriously can’t believe it’s over though. I am a massive Doctor Who fan and I’m heartbroken, not just because season 10 is over but also because of this episode. It was very emotional. I really feel like the previous episode was more about the story and this episode was all about farewells. Episode 11 was more eventful and had an interesting story, they mostly talked with each other in episode 12. I also thought the fight would be longer but it was almost like there was no fight against the Cybermen, there were some explosions and that’s it. I did however find the episode interesting and it was a very good episode.

So we already knew that this was the end for Peter Capaldi and I have to say that he has been a fantastic Doctor. I really think the main focus was on him and he really had his moments to shine. He got to deliver his brilliant speeches as well. Bill also got a lot of attention and I really liked that they switched between human Bill and Cyber-Bill. Just so Pearl Mackie also could show her extraordinary talent. Bill’s ending was however a bit too weird for me, I just stared at the screen and could not understand what was happening. When it comes to the Master and Missy I have to say that it was a nice addition and they made the episode a lot more fun. I was a little disappointed over their ending but I can live with it. So is the 12th Doctor my new favorite Doctor? Unfortunately not. I’m still keeping the 11th Doctor, 10th Doctor and the 5th Doctor as my favorites. I have however loved following Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor and I wish him all the best. Now I’m going to watch the old seasons again, just because I don’t want it to end.

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