Review in Brief: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

Compared to the mostly patchy (read: awful) world of TV show movies, Jennifer Saunders can take comfort in the knowledge that ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE is by no means the worst example. I really hope the slightly out-of-date fashion references were intentional, because being a little behind the times is a very Ab Fab thing to be. Kate Moss, Gwendoline Christie and Lily Cole are so 2014, darling. As always with Ab Fab it’s a fight for our attention between Joanna Lumley’s disgusting scene-stealer Patsy (highlight: taking a taser shot without reaction on a budget airline) and the heart and soul, Edina’s long-suffering daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha – “I ruined my life trying not to make my mother happy”). Jane Horrocks’ airhead assistant Bubble, while sadly absent for much of the film, has its best line, admitting that she hadn’t “fed” Eddie’s Twitter account, “and it died”. In the latter stretch featuring, of all things, a car chase, things go from cringe humour to just painful viewing, but the highs (just) outweigh  the lows in Edina and Patsy’s final outing. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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