Film Review: Grimsby

[Aaron Hurst | Contributing Writer]

As a massive fan of the action comedy film genre as well as, more particularly, the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, I had been pretty excited about Cohen’s newest production, Grimsby. I for one certainly didn’t expect the man behind Ali G, Borat and Brüno, to produce a spy movie reminiscent of the Johnny English films, but that he did, and I was intrigued by the new creative direction.

Grimsby possesses a collectively acclaimed cast with Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect), Johnny Vegas (ITV’s Benidorm) and Penelope Cruz (Sex and the City 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), all appearing in the film alongside co-star Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Kingsman: The Secret Service).

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Strong and Cohen play two brothers who spent much of their early childhood in the town of Grimsby. The brothers lost their parents at a young age, forcing them into care while getting separated in the process, one of the brothers (Sebastian, played by Mark Strong) moving to London while the other brother (Nobby, played by Baron Cohen) stayed in Grimsby. Nobby would grow up to become an alcoholic football hooligan raising a large family on benefits. Sebastian, on the other hand, would become Agent Sebastian Graves, a highly successful and renowned spy working for MI6. The former brother decides, after bearing 11 children with wife Dawn (played by Rebel Wilson), to find his long-lost brother. Hijinks and calamity ensue, as well as serious trouble for Agent Graves – thanks to his brother.

It is worth warning those of you not familiar with Sacha Baron Cohen’s work, that the screenwriter is not exactly known for squeaky clean, family-friendly humour, and has been known to immerse himself and his films in controversy. Therefore, expect jokes of the crudest variety providing simple laughs for whoever enjoys that sort of humour, and ensure that you have a thick enough skin to tolerate the odd below-the-belt quip. Besides the humour aspect, the high level of chaotic action that comes along with most spy-based films is sure to provide an additional source of entertainment.

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All in all, I enjoyed the film’s plot and many of the jokes provided a sufficient amount of amusement (in spite of the odd one or two of the more physical, visual variety making me cringe a little). The high-action and utilisation of more in-depth characters, as well as the protagonists’ interesting backstories (presented to the audience mostly in the form of flashbacks), make it superior to Borat and Brüno. Therefore, if you’re already familiar with the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, you’ll simply love his new brainchild.

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Images: The Brothers Grimsby.

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Film Review: Grimsby