A cavalcade of the uncouth and grotesque
- Jabberwocky review by NP
I’m sorry to say I've always found Monty Python to be massively unfunny: lots of smug men putting on silly voices don’t really make me laugh. There are shades of that approach in ‘Jabberwocky’, and this has many connections with that team. It is, however, different enough for me to want to see it, and I'm glad I did – the world here has echoes of Mervyn Peake’s ‘Gormenghast’, and that lifts my appreciation greatly.
This is a cavalcade of the uncouth and grotesque, the unrespectable and debauched, with only Michael Palin's Dennis Cooper displaying much in the way of decency. Joining him in this relentless onslaught of the unpleasant and the unwashed is a terrific cast including Max Wall, John le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Bernard Bresslaw, Annette Badland and Graham Crowden. It's the bawdiest of romps, a bit full-on but lots of fun, but not something I imagine I'll be watching again for a while. My score is 6 out of 10.
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