Year One, DVD Review

Meh, not so much…

Year One

The best thing about the olden times is that they’re a great source of humour if handled correctly. We know this mainly thanks to the gentlemen in Monty Python, Mel Brooks, and, of course, from Mel Gibson’s incredibly brutal remake of The Life of Brian. Unfortunately for Year One, it appears that it fell into the wrong hands, inexplicably. On paper, it all looks so good. There’s Harold Ramis on directing duties – the man who steered Caddyshack and Groundhog Day into the pantheon of comedy greatness – Michael Cera and David Cross from Arrested Development, then Jack Black, who totally splits consensus, but is actually held in rather high esteem in the Interestment offices, thanks to School of Rock and the seriously underrated Nacho Libre. Add to that Judd Apatow – formerly of The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, and Superbad – and this really should have been a knock-out comedy. But it’s not. If anything, it’s a bit boring. The story follows a couple of mud-brained tribesmen (Black and Cera) ambling around the planet, getting into scrapes that never quite grab you by the eyeballs, and generally doing what they’re famous for – so Jack Black gets overexcited, whilst Michael Cera gets increasingly neurotic. Along the way, they stumble into set pieces that aren’t very funny, and by the end you’d probably have mustered a few more laughs from listening to Moira Stuart reading you the entire bible whilst you hovered by the front door, too polite to leave the house. It says a lot that the only stifled giggle came from Jack Black putting a bit of poo in his mouth. Not great. For seriously hardcore fans only, it’s out on DVD this week.

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