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Cruise of the Gods

October 13th, 2011 (02:42 pm)

Cruise of the Gods has been sitting unwatched on tape for nine years since its broadcast. BBC Four repeated it last week, and I'm watching the recording of that broadcast now. It's all frighteningly well-observed, and attuned to the neuroses and prejudices of old fans of older lowish-budget TV shows like myself. It builds from this a story about ageing and experience, delusion and self-knowledge with carefully-deployed pathos, and is a warning to those of us who cling to illusions of status to recognise what we have when we have it. Sentimental? Yes. Enjoyable? That too. The cast - Brydon, Coogan, Corden, Walliams - lend this an air of a latterday Carry On with reflection rather than innuendo - though the same could be said of much of Carry On Teacher, second in that series, shown on Film 4 earlier today.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/457571.html.


Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: October 13th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Sid James

Cruise of the Gods > Galaxy Quest, which at least starts off in much the same way, but then Steve Coogan > Tim Allen and Rob Brydon > Alan Rickman*. Something I'd buy** would be the collected television works of Steve Coogan on DVD. I can't remember not liking any of his TV output.

Carry on Teacher is quite sweet, in much the same way as Sergeant was. More than any of the later films, those two actually feel like a modern Hollywood comedy - some slapstick, but a feelgood ending. It wouldn't be difficult to imagine a modern Hollywood Carry On equivalent series starring the likes of Jack Black, Eugene Levy and Allyson Hanigan.

* Although Sigourney Weaver is probably > Matt Corden.
** I'd also consider buying all the Carry On films on DVD were it not for the frequent repeats.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 13th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)

I appreciate your comedic equations!