|Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011)|
|Written by Daniel Cann|
|Wednesday, 14 September 2011|
After sixteen years at Her Majesty's Pleasure, Britain's hardest man Bulla (co-writer and director Ricky Grover) is released from prison, and into the care of a documentary film crew headed by American film-maker Josh (Joshua Lou Friedman) who follow him for the next week, on an roller-coaster tour of gangland London and beyond.
With well known comedian Omid Djalili, N-Dubz and ‘X Factor’ judge Tulisa Contostavlos and ‘The Saturdays’ Rochelle Wiseman this is not short on contemporary celebs and artists. That said I doubt there will be many people who go to see this film leaving their cinema in high spirits.
It is supposed to be a mockumentary along the lines of ‘Spinal Tap’, ‘Best in Show’ and ‘The Calcium Kid’ yet manages to be offensive, charmless, witless and ultimately pointless.
Early on you soon realise that this is all based on a very thin premise. With an unsympathetic and totally unfunny central protagonist in Bulla the film is soon in trouble. For its whole duration which I somehow managed to endure (heaven knows why) there was not one mirthsome moment. I don’t think I even broke a smile for its ninety one minutes. That is unforgivable and unacceptable for something supposed to be a comedy.
If bodily functions, histrionics, hapless gangsters and crooked cops are your scene then this will be right up your street. What acclaimed and respected actors ‘The Thick of It’ Peter Capaldi and Steven Berkoff were thinking by appearing in this is anyone’s guess.
I am sure that the film makers had a riot during the filming of it but having a great laugh and producing a coherent and well observed comedy are two separate things. I realise this is not supposed to be high art but even as an ultra lightweight comedy this is pathetically lame.
‘Young Einstein’ starring Yahoo Serious used to hold the title for the worst film I have ever seen, that title now firmly belongs to this pile of Bulla.
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