Any Questions for Ben?
What happens when the cast of ďThank God youíre hereĒ
decide to make a movie?
Any Questions for Ben. Thatís what.
There is nothing wrong with this film, itís a
perfectly nice little film that doesnít deserve to have a bad word said
about it however itís true that it doesnít quite add up to the sum of
its parts. The performances are good, Josh Lawsone is good. The fine
display of Australian comic talent is good. But no-one is used to their
potential. The direction is good. The writing is good. But it never
quite peaks to great. One of the main problems is that the film
meanders, pleasantly, thereís no question its pleasant meandering but
thereís no thrust to the plot.
It seems like a really, really long pilot episode to
a good sit-com or the character set up to a classic comedy from the 80ís
but then nothing zany happens. Ghosts donít appear, Ben never has to
pretend his Boss is still alive and his computer never gains
intelligence. Mores the pity. As far as Rom-comís go thereís no doubt
that Australians can do rom-coms as good as any that you might see from
America but seeing as that is a particularly well mined genre thereís
nothing really new to see here.
Itís really Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, girl and
boy get together despite adversity, boy loses girl and itís his own
stupid fault but in the endÖwell I wouldnít want to spoil it for you.
Itís a sweet, sweet film that Melbournians will
particularly feel a simpatico with. And whilst I enjoyed it, it was a
little like a big music video in places.
Audio: An inconsistent audio mix that makes the music
too loud and the dialogue not loud enough. Not rewarding for people with
Video: Melbourne never looked more HD.
Special Features: Not a lot to talk about
here, a commentary thatís ok and a short making of that really doesnít
tell you anything you need to know.