Tuesday 10 October 2023

REVIEW: Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose (2023) - Starring Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver and Christopher Lloyd

Review by Jon Donnis
"Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose" is a film that embraces the strange and unordinary, presenting a delightful blend of mystery and comedy. Directed by Adam Sigal and featuring an outstanding cast including Simon Pegg, Minnie Driver, Christopher Lloyd, and the unique voice of Neil Gaiman, the movie certainly has its eccentric charms.

One of the standout aspects of the film is the captivating production design by Andrew Holden-Stokes and the timeless atmosphere captured by cinematographer Sara Deane. The world they've created exudes a peculiar yet charming quality, adding to the film's allure. The narrative itself is wonderfully bizarre, a good kind of weird that keeps the audience engaged throughout the journey.

The pacing, however, can be a bit slow and talky at times, which might test the patience of those not immediately drawn to the peculiar premise. Additionally, the lack of thorough supporting character development leaves something to be desired, impacting the overall engagement for some viewers. The third act feels rushed and leaves you wanting more closure.

The performances, notably by Simon Pegg as Dr. Nandor Fodor and Neil Gaiman voicing Gef, are noteworthy and contribute to the film's quirky appeal. The chemistry among the cast, despite a few dry chuckles, keeps the story entertaining. The plot, based on a possibly true tale set in 1935 London, introduces us to a world of paranormal investigations and raises intriguing questions.

The film unfolds as a light-hearted adventure, offering a glimpse into the enigmatic investigations of Dr. Fodor as he navigates the peculiar case involving a talking mongoose. The story is set in a fascinating backdrop of the 1930s, where mystery and laughter go hand in hand.

In conclusion, "Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose" is an enjoyable cinematic escapade for those seeking something offbeat and whimsical. It boasts a unique narrative, charismatic performances, and an ambiance that piques curiosity. Though it has its flaws, this film earns a solid 7 out of 10 for its originality and entertainment value. It's a fun watch, especially on a lazy weekend when you're looking for a dose of the extraordinary.

Just don't expect any actual CGI and a talking Mongoose, it's more about the story than the visuals.

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