Sunday 15 September 2019

'D'Plorable' - George Byrne isn't a fan of 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie'

Movie review

George Byrne

Comedy. Starring: Brendan O'Carroll, Eilish O'Carroll, Nick Neven, Paddy Houlihan, Rory Cowan, Simon Delaney. Directed by Ben Kellet. Cert: 15A

*

With advance ticket sales in excess of €1m across Ireland and the UK there's no doubt that Brendan O'Carroll's big screen outing for his character Agnes Brown will be a huge commercial success.  All find and dandy for him as he seems like a decent bloke and his manager and co-star Rory Cowan is certainly that, but dear God, this movie is irredeemable rubbish.

In recent interviews O'Carroll has compared the popularity of 'Mrs Brown's Boys' to a desire for audiences for the old-school comedy of the 1970s.  He's not wrong there but he then had the temerity to name acts like MOrgambe & Wise, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson as his benchmarks, which is where we part company in a serious way.

'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' is relentlessly crude, utterly devoid of any cinematic qualities and, most crucially, completely unfunny.

The plot, such as it is, has Moore Street trader Agnes Brown facing financial ruin and under pressure from a sinister property developer to sell her stall, while also dealing with some comedy Russian gangsters.

Maybe this could have panned out as an episode of the TV show but such a thin premise stretched to over 90 minutes makes for painful viewing.  The winks and asides to the audience simply don't work on screen, several members of the cast can't actually act and while some may find such traits charming and endearing, they look simply amateurish.

In truth, 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' feels like a bad ITV sitcom from the early '70s and the only time I actually laughed was during a mawkish courtroom scene when there's a supposedly stirring speech explaining how Moore Street is the beating heart of 'real' Dublin and a place where every outsider has always found a welcome.

Ah yes, I remember the first Nigerian immigrants being welcomed with open arms in that part of the world when they first arrived.  Honestly, this is so cynical it could have been written by Roddy Doyle.

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