Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Now on Netflix: The Hippopotamus (2017)

The Hippopotamus (2017) - Directed by John Jencks; Written by Blanche McIntyre, Tom Hodgson; Starring Roger Allam, Tim Charles, Rod Glenn, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Tommy Knight.

By Kenny Howell

A cantankerous writer escapes to his friend's estate to examine so-called miracles that have been happening.

Ted Wallace is that writer. A man who hasn't written an original work since the 1980s, so he has spent his time trying to make it as a drama critic. That doesn't work because he hates everything and when you add his alcoholism to the mix, it doesn't end well, in one instance almost getting in a fight with a performer mid-performance.

So he takes off to the estate where some laying on of hands healing have been happening. It just so happens to be his godson David (Tommy Knight), and the miracles he has been performing have his semen involved in the process in various capacities.


The Hippopotamus is adapted from the novel by Stephen Fry, and you can see his fingerprints all over it. Roger Allam is in full Fry mode as Wallace, who is a character that he most definitely would have played. However, it's not a distraction at all, kind of like when some people play a version of Woody Allen in his films. It's done well, so you let it slide, and it really is the key to the film working. Wallace is your guide to this world, and there is no better person to take you there.

The Hippopotamus is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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