There are no words…
released 18 January 2015 | 18 | Blu-ray/dVd Director steve Oram Cast steve Oram, Julian rhind-Tutt, lucy Honigman, Toyah Willcox, Julian Barratt, noel Fielding
What if modern human beings behaved like great apes? That’s the premise behind this low-budget oddity, in which a cast of top British comedy talent communicate only in simian grunts. The opening scene, in which wannabe alpha male Smith (Sightseers’ Steve Oram, who also directs) pisses on a photo of his ex, sets the tone for 80 minutes of animalistic shagging, shitting and shafting (one another).
Unfortunately, the “people are actually just like monkeys” satire misses the mark, leaving Aaaaaaaah! feeling more like a drama school workshop than a movie. Oram deserves credit for telling a coherent story of a tribal power play without even a subtitle, yet the world he’s created never quite makes sense. Why would a species that poos on a piece of cling film in the kitchen have installed proper loos in their houses?
Aaaaaaaah! is the sort of film that works much better on paper than on screen, and ultimately the only reason it’ll linger in anyone’s memory is that it’ll top every alphabetical list of movies ever.
Extras Extended versions of the fictional cooking show and sitcom seen in the film (14 minutes), plus the actors proving they can use English in “The Cast Speaks” (20 minutes). Richard Edwards
Saturday Kitchen livened up.