June 23, 2010
Review of Huge for The Edinburgh Reporter
As a fan of the Armstrong and Miller shows, I was interested to see Ben Miller’s first film, Huge, which is about a pair of comedians trying to make it. If nothing else the director/co-writer has the research under his belt.
Unfortunately, the film is a little bit flat. The main problem is that there is no evidence that the comedians, Warren (Johnny Harris) and Clark (Noel Clarke) are funny….
… For some reason Warren and Clark think they are hilarious. Whilst Russell Tovey is brilliant, Thandie Newton does a hilarious coke-addled talent agent, and nice guy Darren (Oliver Chris) is very funny when he finally stops being nice, the so-called comedians are just a bit sad. If anything, having so many very strong moments courtesy of the supporting cast adds to the feeling of unfulfilled potential of the main protagonists…
… Do watch it when it comes on telly, if only for the numerous cameos, but don’t expect the likes of the RAF Airmen sketch, because Warren and Clark are no Armstrong and Miller. Or Mitchell and Webb. Or Lee and Herring. Or Pete and Dud. Or even their own idols, Morecambe and Wise.