Title: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Director: Mandie Fletcher Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 31m
“Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!”
1:25 – Are we supposed to be watching the two of them or celeb spotting? Because I am doing the latter. 5:50 – Love just shouting a word and waiting for people to figure it out. 7:09 – “That’s how divorce works. Learn.” 8:47 – Hand money! 11:07 – Spice Emma, the Baby Bunton. 15:07 – Uber helicopters sound good. 16:25 – “Do you feed my Twitter?’ “No, I forgot. And it died.” 20:26 – Ooh, wouldn’t have known who Daisy Lowe was before! 23:59 – Oh my… is Stella allowed to do a Yoko reference? 31:14 – “That’s what we always say about Kate, she’s waterproof.” 38:54 – You can sort of see that Stella might resort to a brick! 44:40 – Lola is very pretty. 47:09 – Yay, love Dawn French so much! 50:31 – Worst airline ever. Literally tazing someone in front of the entire plane. 59:00 – It’s the shoulder pads, oof. 1:06:16 – “French.” 1:09:39 – Swimming pool, at night, with a sea view, is pretty epic. 1:15:35 – “I am allezing!” 1:20:54 – She got the shoes, yay.
So I sort of have to admit that I’ve never really watched the television series, but of course I know the general basics - grumpy kid has to put up with fading hipster mother and her, frankly, indescribable friend. I’m not sure I would have been particularly bothered about watching this, except it entirely fit the bill for an evening where I was really feeling under the weather.
It turns out, it wasn’t the best film, but then I don’t suppose I was expecting it to be. It’s always hard to turn a TV show into a movie, and considering how long this one has been in the works, it felt like quite an endeavour from start to finish.
I did like how many celebrities there were popping up, in fact that was the main entertainment of the whole thing. Of course, Saunders and Lumley are brilliant, but the sheer number of cameos was the highlight of the ninety minutes.