"Quiet Night In" trailer
TO BE CALLED A COMEDIC MASTERPIECE”
[edited for spoilers]
a title like “Quiet Night In” you can expect irony, and in an
indie film by a talented media expert, Golom-like: you getses what
you expectses, though not in the truckloadses you might have
irony in Chris Banks' film evaporates after the situation is set,
but then something miles more challenging takes over – a dada-ist
sense of the ridiculous, honed by cryptoexistentialism and spiced
with a bit of camp nonsense.
Plagued by phone calls from her mother and frequent flashbacks concerning her writing attempts, she's further prevented from either intent by the farcical arrivals of, in this order:
Rob (Lambeth), a self-obsessed pretty boy with whom she may or may not have had a relationship, who may or may not be bi or gay (he certainly is pretty and watching him trying to apply foundation to his own left nipple is hot); Rebecca (Gay), as narcissistic a cow as Rob is a wanker, shrill and irritating - an emotional leech; Lawrence (Mckay) and William (Helviphat), a mock May-December relationship, or are they?
Pinteresque proceedings are tightly bound by the board game
‘Cluedo’, even to the colour-coding of each character and the
plethora of references to that famous rainy-day amusement.
Jess avows that her novel is inspired by the game; certainly
Banks' film exploits it. Murder
weapons appear as symbols in the film, and there is that same sense
of fun with an underlying macabre tone present when we all indulge
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