Tuesday, 29 June 2010
The new Russell Brand film, featuring new popular comedy 'veteran' Jonah Hill as the protagonist music executive Aaron Green, is a blast! Brand reprises his role as Aldous Snow, a stereotypical sex-mad rockstar from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, who has just fallen off the wagon and reverted to his party hard ways after splitting from his long-term girlfriend Jackie Q (Rose Byrne, Damages, 28 Weeks Later). Snow's career has dried up after a controversial album and Green's boss (Sean 'P Diddy' Combs), wants to rejuvenate music sales, so Green comes up with a brilliant plan - get Snow to perform at the Greek Theatre where he first performed 10 years ago and cemented his place in rock history.
What follows is a chaotic, enjoyable adventure made even more enjoyable by cameos from Pink, Lars Ulrich and Zoe Salmon (to name but a few). Green gets dragged to various clubs, is forced to leave his well-behaved, mature nature behind and take part in Snow's debauched activities in order to keep Snow satisfied and get him to the Greek in time for the concert.
The best scene by far takes place in the Las Vegas hotel, which leaves Green stroking a furry wall. This may not sound amazing, but when you see it, you will be stifling tears of laughter.
I haven't laughed so much in a long time and this is clearly a film that doesn't try too hard to be clever or witty, but it is hilarious for its outrageous behaviour.