Title – Grimsby (2016)
Director – Louis Leterrier (The Transporter)
Cast – Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe, Ian McShane, Barkhad Abdi
Plot – Finally reunited with his long lost brother, soccer loving English derelict Nobby (Cohen) finds himself teaming up with his first rate spy younger sibling Sebastian (Strong) on a mission that will see them try and save the world from an imminent threat.
“Go help your brother save the world”
Review by Eddie on 28/06/2016
Whatever you say about the man (and you could justifiably say a lot, both good and bad) British comedian and good taste boundary pusher Sasha Baron Cohen (or Borat to most) certainly never strays too far away from the offensive and while his last few years have been lean with headlining disappointments like The Dictator and supporting turns in the bombtastic Alice in Wonderland sequel, it didn’t stop the hardworking thespian from churning out Grimsby or The Brothers Grimsby as it’s known in other territory’s.
Directed by Clash of the Titans and The Incredible Hulk action specialist Louis Letterier, Grimsby is in many ways one of Cohen’s most large scale and tricky films and with its big budget of $35 million and moulding together of spy action playstyles and gross out comedy, not to mention many a joke aimed at lower class British soccer diehards there’s a lot going on here and with Grimsby failing so dismally at the Box Office, it’s likely that Cohen won’t be back doing something similar any time soon even though this quick-fire barely over an hour long ride is actually rather funny without ever reaching any grand heights of achievement.
Teaming up with usual straight man Mark Strong and recruiting a named cast with the likes of Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane and Cohen’s real life wife Isla Fischer along for the shenanigans, Cohen and Letterier without a doubt had the tools at their disposal to deliver a comedy classic and while there are a number of hearty laughs to be found within the tale of Cohen’s dim-witted Englishman Nobby teaming up with his long lost spy diehard brother Sebastian, Grimsby’s major problem is found within its unfailing attempts to shock.
Whether it be unfortunate venom incidents, toilet blockages, South Park watching babies or an untypical elephant encounter in particular, Grimsby’s supposedly key gags feel forced where in films like Cohen’s famous Borat or even to a lesser extent Bruno these scenes of truly cringe-worthy yet somehow hilarious moments felt natural and progressed the tales and with these scenes littering the film, the rather smart smaller gags and quips are what make the film tick, as well as a fairly breezy chemistry between Cohen and the having the time of his life Strong.
The talent Cohen possesses is undeniable but Grimsby is a very light win for the comedic mastermind and as he grows as a performer and an actor we should and can expect more from him, with him looking to entertain firstly and shock secondly, not the other way around.
Grimsby isn’t as bad as some would have you believe and there are some that may find it downright hilarious but after its failings to win over a large audience, it may just be time for Cohen to aim a little higher and truly surprise us once more.
3 infected Donald Trump’s out of 5