Mindhorn is the ultimate treat for anyone who has an appreciation for
ludicrous humour. The film is set on the Isle of man which in my eyes
sets the plot up for greatness as the clash of action and crime with
understated countryside life is always a winner for me! I love to see
the quaintness of British life being fondly ridiculed by a silly parody
action sequence! Mindhorn is immediately funny and the 80s Mindhorn
montage sequence reached both people who feel nostalgic about the 80s
action genre (my dad was roaring) but it also tickled a 22 year old
like myself. I love the parody form and Mindhorn's purposefully cheesy
devices landed with rip-roaring comedic success.
The acting in this film was spot on because the actors had amazing command of physical humour and timing and the script didn't scrimp on funnies! Visual comedy is a really intelligent and inventive form of humour and the mark of a good script. Mindhorn has some brilliant moments of this and you can clearly tell from watching the film that the art department had a whale of a time! l also thoroughly enjoyed the use of garish colour in this film there was a strong use of carefully considered yet brazenly bold costumes and set. A piece of art as well as a good comedy! I'm sure I could pick faults but because I laughed the entire way through I don't think I need to.
Richard Thorncroft is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980's for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a Robotic eye that can literally "see the truth". Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting both the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real life love interest Patricia DeVille, (Effie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman. (Steve Coogan) He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he's balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though ...
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