Eddie Marsan, Ewan Bremnar, Jessica Hynes, Bronagh Gallagher, Tim Healy / Fiction / English
An old-fashioned comedy - with a very modern genesis.
Largely developed by users of Myspace as part of an online competition, this dry but endearing comedy proves that film making by committee can work. Britain's most brilliant and ubiquitous supporting actor, Eddie Marsan (Gangs of New York; 21 Grams; Vera Drake; Happy-Go-Lucky), steps centre stage as Richard, a lovable nerd with a passion for Viking battle re- enactments. Running out of indulgent affection is Richard's wife, Cath played by Jessica Hynes (formerly Stephenson, the co- creator and star of TV legend Spaced). As the marriage fragments, Richard must locate the hero within... One of the great delights of Faintheart is the cheerful respect which it confers upon the most guileless and unglamorous of characters. (Call it the Simon Pegg effect, but pure-bred, internet-fed, convention-going geeks have never been so culturally prominent: no more confinement to sidekick roles in Hollywood action flicks!).
With hints of Shaun of the Dead, Son of Rambow and Monty Python (plus a priceless introduction, courtesy of the hilarious Ewen Bremner, to talking dirty in Klingon), this is a total pleasure - for geeks and lesser mortals alike.
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