Ex­plo­sion of slap­stick and colour

HOR­RID HENRY: THE MOVIE (U)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

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.

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