Absolutely Fabulous Movie Review
Ab Fab the Movie is finally here
Remember the good old days when you could party hardy? I'm talking drinking Fruity Lexia, smoking ciggie-butts, dancing on the tables to Melissa Tkautz until 3am and then following it all up with a good old McDonald's binge? Those were the good old days.
Fast-forward to today and I can't even stay awake past 8pm let alone even consider eating McDonald's - the party is well and truly over for me, my friends. And it's this sentiment that encapsulates my feelings towards the entire Absolutely Fabulous movie – both the champagne and movie was flat; our favourite characters didn't seem funny anymore, new characters weren't likeable and no amount of cameos (and there were many) could save it. Maybe the passage of time simply hasn't been kind - after all, it has been twenty five years. Were my expectations too high? Maybe I've changed? Maybe they have? Or maybe they haven't and therein lies the problem?
In theory the story-line sounds promising; with Eddie and Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) still oozing glitz and glamour they continue to live the life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Time has moved on yet they are still living the high-life and their heyday. But in an effort to enlist the immortally cool Kate Moss as Eddy's latest PR client, they accidentally push Moss into the river Thames in front of every A-Lister and who's who at an uber fashionable Zoolander'esque launch party. The worst kind of attention ensues with Eddy and Patsy becoming entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodels untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Hated by the world and penniless, the only answer of course is to find rich husbands and live the high-life in the glamorous playground of the super-rich and mega-dodgy, the French Riviera. Taking Eddie's granddaughter Lola with them and with long-suffering and serious daughter Saffy in close pursuit, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more. Sounds like fun, right? One would think so. So what happened?
In actuality, nothing much has changed for the dynamic duo except age - less the self-awareness or personal growth one would expect would come with the territory. But this needn't have been a problem - don't we want to revisit the same old Eddie and Patsy with all their narcissism, irresponsibility and hilarious self-absorbed ridiculousness? After all, that's exactly why we loved them, warts and all. We wanted to catch up with the same women - crazy best-friends, our old friends, transported into today's new world.
This movie could have been the bomb, yet unlike a fine wine, sadly Absolutely Fabulous just hasn't gotten better with age. Whatever magic it was they had, they just don't have 'it' anymore. Written by Saunders, the movie hasn't made the transition from TV to the big screen; the jokes were malaligned from virtually every actor which can be excused by the likes of Emma Bunton and Kate Moss (God bless), but what to say of cringe-worthy appearance from Glee's Chris Colfer and Rebel Wilson and such greats as Barry Humphries and Dawn French. I mean hello, I love Chris Colfer!?!
So is the party finally over? It's an absolute shame but, at least for me, I'd say it's time to call it a day. Curling up on the couch on a Saturday night and drinking ginger tea in a onsie has never felt so good...