Explosion of slapstick and colour
HORRID HENRY: THE MOVIE (U)
Theo Stevenson, Anjelica Huston, Mathew Horne, Siobhan Hayes, Ross Marron, Scarlett Stitt, Richard E Grant, Parminder Nagra.
RARELY has a film title been more fitting than Nick Moore’s woefully misjudged caper based on the mischievous character created by award-winning author Francesca Simon. Horrendous Henry would be closer to the truth because it’s hard to find any joy in this explosion of garish colour, slapstick and scenerychewing that passes for family entertainment. Horrid Henry: The Movie starts off silly and becomes increasingly dull and soulless, culminating in an excruciating TV game show presided over by Dick & Dom at their most buffoonish and grating. The film’s sense of humour trades in groans of disgust. Thus, the eponymous hero must eat a bowl of putrid, bubbling vegetable stew from the school canteen and Henry’s beleaguered father returns home from work and inadvertently devours a leftover sandwich drenched in baby vomit. Horrid Henry: The Movie is a slog, even at 92 minutes. FAMILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Violence.