An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transsexual taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.
Anthology series which mixes dark humor with genres like crime, horror or drama. The show invites viewers into some very different No.9s, where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.
Dr.Flynn (Shearsmith) finds himself thrown in at the deep end when he gets his first job after leaving Medical School (where he failed his finals). Always the butt of the jokes by the other... See full summary »
The fictional world of Royston Vasey is facing apocalypse and the only way to avert disaster is for our nightmarish cast of characters to find a way into the real world and confront their creators. From present day Soho to the fictional film world of 17th Century Britain, the residents must overcome countless bizarre obstacles in their bid to return Royston Vasey to safety.Written by
Based on the weird, wacky and at times wonderful sitcom, League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse is a fans delight. I was a fan of the first two series myself, with the third still enjoyable but a little too out there for my liking. You could easily assume that with the Royston Vasey locals hitting the big screen and leaving behind TV boundaries of taste' that the movie would really push the darker aspects out. However the is nothing quite as disturbing as series three's sodomy scene. Of course many sitcoms don't translate all too well to the big screen, but LOG was a sitcom with a real movie atmosphere, from the style it was made to all the references, it truly felt like a long movie split into six segments each series. Similarly Spaced's unique style worked superbly for it's translation to the big screen in Shaun Of The Dead. This movie is very filmic thankfully with possibly the most strange plot ever to grace the silver screen. The four writers add plenty of film reference with little nods from everything from The Shining, Labyrinth to the old HarryHuasen films. This is in many ways a whacked out smacked up version of kids favourite The Neverending Story. With the imaginary colliding with the real world.
The plot opens with the scenario that the inhabitants of Royston Vasey, who are alive inside there own little world, like Fantasia in The Neverending Story. When the town of Vasey begins showing signs of the apocalypse, due to the fact that real life writers, Mark, Steve, Reece and Jeremy are not doing any more LOG, a group of the inhabitants must venture into the real world in order to make the writers continue with the LOG otherwise Royston Vasey and its inhabitants will die out. LOG has a great advantage in translating to film and that is the fact it is set in a small universe that is so demented you can do just about anything plot-wise. This film works, it doesn't feel like a half hour skit painfully stretched out. As an example a proposed Friends movie would probably end up being a run of the mill rom-com, far too thin.
As far as being a good film, this is. It's good fun, plenty of gags, while not trying to overload the film with gags. On another impressive note, the film managers to successfully incorporate some softer moments too, in the same way Shaun Of The Dead did. While this film isn't as good as Shaun, it will undoubtedly become a cult classic, even if the theatre I saw this in was shockingly sparse (it was a midday showing though).
As is the case with Brit films it is loaded with cameos including Bernard Hill, Simon Pegg, Peter Kay, and Victoria Wood. The main cast of course are all good, playing a host of their recognised characters, themselves and some new creations. Also co-starring in his Time Bandits villain style is David Warner who has already become a fans favourite amongst those who have seen it. Also the film looks very polished for a budget of only £4.2 million. They have got some great cinematography and sets as well as excellent effects and something I particularly enjoyed was the stop motion monsters, very much a loving homage to the legendary Ray Harryhausen. I personally would love to see another Harryhausen movie. I'm fed up with all the CGI we have now, as much as it is a good tool when used right but I would love to see a film go back to the basics again, and I'm sure others would too.
LOG's Apocalypse is great fun and very nuts. Fans will love this, as will movie enthusiasts. ***1/2
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