Comedy Snippets: Diana, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie + +

comedy snippets diana 04102021Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Diana
This could have been called “Saint Diana” given how much it adores her and shows her in a never less than positive light, and fuck me, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years, certain scenes could be straight out of an episode of Chris Morris’s Brass Eye as it handles aspects of her life in an extremely clumsy manner. Starting when she first meets the prince aged 19 initially Diana’s a bit naïve and everyone thinks she’s stupid, but she slowly works out how to handle the Royal family and the fame game, and desperately tries to keep the marriage going despite her husband being a right old turd. The paparazzi are ridiculously villainous pantomime baddies, and though occasionally he is seen sympathetically mostly Charles is a jealous, selfish cheating bastard, though sadly they don’t make The Queen evil, most of the time she just wants the public to adore the Royal Family but has occasional moments of decency so this is clearly not based on the truth, and alas Phillip isn’t in it, so we don’t get a song about him killing Diana. What makes it such an amazing gem are the songs though, the lyrics are preposterously silly, and though the majority are about love, lust and fame it also covers Diana self harming and being nice to people with AIDS, and well, it’s beyond absurd and then some, which is why I loved it. ★★★★, though non-musical fans / anyone who takes the royal family seriously would probably rate it ★.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Film version of the hit West End musical all about a sixteen year old boy (Max Harwood) who wants to be a drag queen, though his estranged father (Ralph Ineson) disapproves and his careers teacher (Sharon Horgan) is against him turning up in drag at the school prom. They released a recording of the stage version at the start of the pandemic and I really loved it, though not many of the cast members have made it up on to the big screen and I’m not sure that’s always a good thing, Sarah Lancashire’s great as Jamie’s mother and Harwood’s a strong lead but Richard E. Grant replaces Phil Nichol as Hugo / Loco Chanelle and when it comes to the singing he’s nowhere near as good. The new song with vocals by Holly Johnson is fine but little more than that, and I’m really surprised they cut the enormously fun “The Legend of Loco Chanelle (And the Blood Red Dress)” and the very touching “If I Met Myself Again” as they’re two of my favourites from the musical and it’s a lesser work without them and a couple of others which are weirdly missing. The manner in which the songs are filmed is largely fine, the opening song and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” are filled with energy, but at other times they feel like they could have been shot in a more memorable way, and the direction as a whole is competent but rarely more than that. I’d give the stage version ★★★★, but the film version only gets ★★★1/2

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
Charming French musical from Jacques Demy where two sisters (Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac) are heading off to Paris but might be up for some romance before leaving (with an elderly Gene Kelly the object of affection for one of them), while their mother wistfully regrets splitting up with a fiancé who had a ridiculous surname, and oh, there’s a minor subplot about a murdered sixty year old dancer, but don’t think that’ll in any way spoil the fun. Perhaps the plotting is a little meandering but it’s not really an issue, and this is a beautifully filmed, colourful and bright delight, the songs are packed with some very funny lines, and it’s a playful and smart pleasure throughout. ★★★★

Oliver!
Two hour and a half musical version of Dickens’ classic, and while the odd song and dance sequence is a little indulgent most of the time they’re really catchy and impressively choreographed. If the film has a problem it’s that Twist himself is a bit bland, and the film would have benefitted with giving him one final song right at the end, but everyone else is bloody great, Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Oliver Reed and Shanni Wallis being the stand outs, though it’s also got a very strong supporting cast including an all but unrecognisable Leonard Rossiter, and it lives up to it’s reputation as a much loved family classic. ★★★★

Video Of The Week
Flight of the Conchords are of course masters of the genre and as I’m feeling lazy / short on time this week, here’s one of their best songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BnRwkbiw6Y

Link Of The Week
While I don’t agree with everything suggested here, this Guardian article is an interesting read about music and comedy and the nature of humour in music. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/sep/29/collapsed-laughing-how-the-gap-between-music-and-comedy-has-disappeared

Alex Finch.
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