One of the comedy film highlights of 2017? It’s certainly up there in the opinion of the CultureJukebox team..
Mindhorn is from the esteemed Mighty Boosh alumni, and it shows. It’s got a twisted, rooted and distinctively British sense of humour.
The premise has shades of Bergerac, and a few nods to Alan Partridge – but still feels fresh and original. In short, a washed-up actor, who previously played a top TV detective, is called back to the Isle of Man to solve a real-life crime. A murder enquiry no less.
Mindhorn sees this as his opportunity to get back into the big time. But, obviously, not all goes to plan.
Co-writers, regular collaborators and stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby joust from beginning to end. Always great value, some of the scenes are as unpredictable as the Isle of Man’s weather. It’s a pretty mad film in all honesty, but one that knows its audience.
Barratt is in the middle of everything. If you like his work, you’ll love this film. Particularly his fondness for capoeira.. But there’s something that stays with you in this picture. It explores fear of failure, the sense of opportunities missed and bad decisions made. Relatable.
Final hat-tip to the Isle of Man, which does look (perhaps surprisingly) wonderful in this film. It’s out on DVD on September 4th. Buy it from HMV here.