Sunday, October 11, 2009

LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE - gonzo comedy at its best

LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE is gonzo film-making at its best, and proves that you don't need millions of squids worth of CGI effects or a three hour Oscar-bait weepie to have good time at the cinema. Director Shane Meadows specialises in movies that simultaneously capture the grimy truth and everyday humour of life in Britain, and he's at it again in this short-ish feature - a movie that's more like his little character study/short NORTHERN SOUL than the more deliberate features like MADE IN BRITAIN and DEAD MAN'S SHOES. LE DONK is a mockumentary, with the real life Shane playing a fictional Shane, shooting a documentary about a Midlands roadie called Nicholas aka Le Donk, and his side-kick, wannabe rapper Scor-zay-zee aka Dean. We follow the hapless, vain, but ultimately love-able duo as Nicholas/Le Donk becomes a dad and Scor-zay-zee gets the chance to open for the "Artical Monkeys". This is a movie for everyone who laughed at Goldie Looking Chain and loves Spinal Tap and likes to see raw talent play itself out on screen. More power to Paddy Considine and more power to Shane Meadows. Now, can we have another proper full length movie please?!

LE DONK & SCOR-ZAY-ZEE is currently on release in the UK.

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