Friday, 11 March 2016

AAAAAAAAH! (2016) - REVIEW


Sometimes, when watching a film set in the post-apocalypse, it is not always easy to tell what has caused the world to crumble, but often you can guess that it has something to do with lack of fuel, a pandemic, or zombies. Steve Oram's debut directorial effort Aaaaaaaah! may just be one of the most puzzeling post-apocalyptic senario's I've ever seen, and the thought of what could of caused this situation only becomes more troubling the longer you watch the film. What exactly caused human's to regress evolutionarily, in such a short amount of time, and act like the apes we once were?

Repeating the dark, surreal humour that was at the heart of the excellent Sightseers, which Oram starred in, Aaaaaaaah! ponders what it would be like if ape's were humans living in the modern world. They are not so unsophisticated to not have their own language and television programmes, but they still wander around in groups of alpha and beta males, looking for women to add to their clans, marking their scent.


Like an acting exercise played out in full, the humans only communicate by ape-like grunts, with the plot driven by facial expressions and the actors physicality. Starring a plethora of British comedic talent, like Oram himself, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Tom Meeten, Julian Barratt (and his Mighty Boosh co-star Noel Fielding in a gruesome cameo), and Toyah Wilcox as the lead female, they all manage to take seriously an absurdist premise, and all the better for the audience. A gimmick like this film includes could easily become annoying, but by taking the satirical path, we end up holding a mirror to our own base actions, and realise that maybe we aren't so far removed from our ancestors as what we thought.

This lo-fi comedy may not be to everyone's taste, as there are scene's that are as puerile as they touching (the constant urination as compared to Barratt's battenburg cake, which completely melted my heart). Well worth a watch if you enjoy the more esoteric humour found in British film and TV, Aaaaaaaah! is a fulfilling exploration into this surreal idea which kept me laughing all the way through.

7/10

Layla


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