Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Director: Mandie Fletcher
By Sarah Stopfoth
Eddy (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are back! Their bond is stronger than ever and they are still trying their darnedest to remain fabulous. Now in their sixties, the pair often have to try very hard.
Although it’s not a great film and contains far too many celebrity cameos that you don’t really care by the time Rebel Wilson appears on-screen as a flight attendant. But if you were a hardcore fan of the BBC ‘90s television series (fondly known as Ab Fab) that came before it, then you’re in for a ridiculous and wild joy ride of Edina and Patsy & Co: the later years.
Alas, time has not changed much; they are still choosing abstract fashion ensembles, and remain addicted to cigarettes, alcohol and all other drugs in existence (including Botox), still remain in their high fashion/PR jobs in the ‘London scene’ and are still cracking similar jokes from their prime. But this is the Eddy and Patsy that we know and love. Their characters are so undeniably unforgettable and absolutely outrageous, that you can’t help but love them, sip your champagne and laugh at the stupid situations they find themselves in. And the best part? They know very well just how big of a joke it all is, and they drive it home. The more stupid, the better!
From Patsy swiping mostly right on Tinder, the immediacy of calling each other on an iPhone 6 about Kate Moss changing her PR (and Eddy promptly accidently pushes her into the River Thames), cameos from Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie (Brianne of Tarth), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Alexa Chung and numerous other household names, all who have become prominent worldwide in 2016.
After Kate Moss goes missing at Eddy’s hand, the two hatch a plan to flee the country to the South of France with help of Eddy’s granddaughter, Lola (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness) and her father’s credit card. Upon arrival, they are broke, and scavenge for a rich man (or woman) to marry and live the high life once more. Eventually Eddy’s daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha) tracks her down, to retrieve Lola and bring them home, when at the same time Kate Moss appears walking out of the River Thames, cigarette still lit, wondering where everyone at the party had gone to.
So if you have never even heard of Ab Fab, I implore you to give the TV series (which is on Netflix) a go first. If you like it and its humour, then go for the movie. Because what makes the movie is everything that was great about the series, plonked into 2016.