A Few Best Men
is a non-stop laugh riot. And if that isn’t clichéd enough for you, it is also a touching story of growing up, realising who your real friends are and asserting your independence in the world of “grown-ups”.
Directed by Stephan Elliott
, this film follows the adventures of a newly in love (and newly engaged) English backpacker and his band of misfit, larrikin mates and their trip Down Under for the wedding of David (Xavier Samuel) and his Australian bride Mia (played by Laura Brent).
Of course, chaos ensues. What more would we expect from the creators of Death At A Funeral
? The youthfully exuberant story of sheep probing, orphan drug dealers , faux-lesbianism and the odd bit of cocaine use, unfolds hilariously and at a speed that keeps you constantly intrigued without giving you a head spin trying to keep up with the story.
Kris Marshall, right hand man and instigator of much of the calamity, is cast perfectly. Approaching situations with an air of daft detachment and enlightened humour. Luckily, although he does almost steal the show, Tim Draxl who plays Luke keeps us all in stitches with his own tale of heart break. After having his girlfriend dump him for another man (sans appendage, so the rumour goes), the random outbreaks of hysterical sobbing, melancholy apathy in public situations, constant calling of his ex (relatable by many, I would imagine) and, in particular, the hilarious outcomes of his binge drinking only serve to endear the audience to the gang.
Olivia Newton-John’s performance could easily go down as one of her best, as she portrays the regal housewife missing her wild and reckless past perfectly, breaking out of her defined role as the “lady of the manor” to indulge in the abandon of her youth. Along with Rebel Wilson, as Daphne, the support cast perhaps even outshine the lead characters in this film.
The gorgeous backdrop of the Blue Mountains adds ambience to the film and the mix of English and Australian humour is done exceptionally, with only the occasional light jab at the Australian way of life and the tastefully managed integration of the two different cultures.
The artistic direction, production and writing of this film are done without fault and draw on all of the audiences senses and emotions. Viewers are completely removed from any present worries they may have. Meanwhile, the whole time and without exception, the story moves at a steady pace and juggles several storylines effortlessly and functionally.
I cannot speak highly enough of this movie, as a comedic piece and as a tale of friendship it outshines many others in its category.
By Caitlin Pianta