Grimsby (2016)

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One Secret Agent. One Complete Idiot.
 Grimsby is directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, Now You See Me) and stars Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno), Isla Fisher (Home and Away, Now You See Me), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, How To Be Single), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Penelope Cruz (Zoolander 2, Pirates of the Caribbean). "A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother". Baron Cohen is known for his controversial and very dirty films - is Grimsby another to add to the list or is it a disappointment for Baron Cohen?

The only fitting word to describe this film is Filthy. I think that says it all. The humour in this film is crude, disgusting but generally effective. I was surprised to find Grimsby as funny as I did but I am a little bit embarrassed to admit that as this film is so strange which shouldn't be a surprise as its from such a strange mind. The story isn't anything special and it definitely has it flaws but for what is it, Grimsby is an entertaining middle-of-the-road flick that surpasses other gross comedies like Dirty Grandpa by a mile.

I think what made the strange humour here effective is that it was pretty original - I have never seen anything like it in a film before and that will certainly help to make Grimsby memorable. One scene that will stand out to anyone that watches the film involves elephants (I'm not going to go into detail) but if you've seen the film, you know how uncomfortable this is to watch at first but becomes very funny once the characters refer to it later on. I think Grimsby just had so many dirty jokes that we haven't actually seen or heard before which made it quite funny. This doesn't mean though that every joke landed - there were quite a few that fell flat but I think you have to have a specific type of humour to find Sacha Baron Cohen films funny anyway. If you know you can't handle strange and odd dirty humour then stay away from this but if you're up for watching anything, by all means go and watch Grimsby.

What I thought was really funny about the film was how it almost perfectly captured the stereotype of a particular type of people in the UK. Some of the dialogue will probably only be effective to UK viewers as are a knowing audience to what these type of people are like. I thought this was really funny and for once, British people aren't being portrayed as posh or gangsters - a new portrayal comes into the picture (that is still pretty accurate).

The story for the film was solid but nothing special. It was a typical spy plot line mixed with a typical siblings film. I thought there was actually a decent amount of character development which was told through flashbacks which is usually something that is lacking in comedy films. The plot is quite confusing and random - it is strange that the characters end up in Africa for some reason but its a comedy film so you just go along with any dumb moves. The plot certainly isn't something I'm going to remember about Grimsby in a few months time.

The cast all performed at a solid level - no one was bad. Sacha Baron Cohen led the film well and was supported well by Mark Strong. Strong comes across as someone that is an extremely professional actor but when you look at his resume, he hasn't really had too much known work. However, I think that this type of role fits him perfectly. Baron Cohen can pull off anything really as long as you don't take him too seriously. Rebel Wilson was an interesting one - she has a new accent in this film to what we've seen before and it isn't the strongest but I think that adds to the humour. Penelope Cruz was actually someone I didn't realise was in this film - she did a solid job and didn't embarrass herself.

Grimsby had quite a unique style at some points that will help it stand out from the crowd. Many of the spy sequences were shot in a first person shooter kind of style which was something I am yet to see in a film. I know there is an upcoming film being released that is all in first person shooter but the few scenes in Grimsby that were in this style were well done. If the rest of the film had a stronger sense of style, I think I would be rating Grimsby a lot higher.

Almost a week after seeing the film and Grimsby actually hasn't gone down in how I feel about it. I do think the jokes can be a little crude and offensive but I think many of them are pretty original and often funny. The story isn't anything special and is pretty 'meh' - the twist also has a similar effect. Grimsby does have a unique style to it at some parts but due to this not being consistent or too prominent, the film doesn't stand out too much. Grimsby may not be a memorable film but some of its moments have scarred me and I certainly won't be looking at elephants in the same way. Filthy.

3 STARS
B-

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