Saturday, 6 August 2016
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Two ageing women struggle, mostly unsuccessfully, to be part of the zeitgeist of the fashionable set.
'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' is a cinematic version of the successful British television series which has its devoted following. Extended to a movie, albeit one of barely 90 minutes, the film contains no more plot than the average television episode. Frankly what's been concocted here doesn't really justify expansion from television.
I've enjoyed the television series at times and I also had some laughs from this film but my enjoyment has always been tinged with some unease.
These women behave badly and almost everyone else in the film behaves badly too or else is made to look rather silly. Why am I laughing with them, or at them? There are plenty of celebrities to ogle at if you have any idea who they are. Almost all those connected with the fashion industry were a complete mystery to me, even with their names listed in the end credits.
If you are a devotee of the television series you will probably enjoy the movie, otherwise you are likely to be appalled.