As somebody who never really “got” The Mighty Boosh, I can’t say that I was particularly excited for Julian Barratt’s Mindhorn. This turned out to be a good thing however, as my low expectations made the comedy all the more surprising and certainly all the more enjoyable.
Co-written by Horrible Histories’ Simon Farnaby (who steals the show with his accent-heavy and suitably odd performance as Clive Parnevik), the film follows the misadventures of former television star, Richard Thorncroft, who becomes involved in a murder enquiry after the prime suspect demands to deal with Thorncroft’s television alter-ego; a detective with a literal eye for the truth, Mindhorn.
Packed with plenty of quirky characters, the strange concept is handled with more control than the free rein taken with ‘Boosh’. The writing is sharp, the performances (including some superb cameos) are terrifically deadpan, and the jokes are genuinely hilarious to the point where they had me physically crying with laughter – a rare reaction in modern-day comedies.
A little gem of a British comedy, Mindhorn ticks all the boxes when it comes to a good time at the cinema. It’s silly, it’s fun and weirdly wonderful. It may not get the attention it deserves just yet, but this has all the makings of a future cult classic.
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