The Hippopotamus

2017

Comedy

21
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 947

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Cast

Matthew Modine as Michael Logan
Russell Tovey as Rupert Keynes
Fiona Shaw as Anne Logan
Emily Berrington as Jane Swann
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655.89 MB
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English
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1hr 29 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nick-365-1903 9 / 10

Thoroughly Enjoyed This Movie

I was worried I might be disappointed by this movie because of the negative reviews, but that worry was ill-founded. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and thought it well-found the balance between absurdity, pathos and grit.

I could hear the literary voice of Stephen Fry throughout, especially in the outpourings of the protagonist. The words sizzled and danced and revealed a certain realistic sensitivity.

I am not associated in any way with anyone involved in the film.

Reviewed by begob 6 / 10

Horsing around

A clapped out poet brings his powers of perception to an English country house acclaimed for its miraculous cures, and finds more than he bargained for ...

Lovely doff of the cap to English detective fiction that declines to avert its gaze into the nonsense of the convention. The theme of miracle cures is important, so the one scene of emotion toward the end matters a lot - I didn't feel it, maybe because the moment of death was never addressed thematically. Hey - it's a country estate, built on the deaths of others.

The pace and humour are good, and the hero is perfectly smashed and detached. The weakness is in the supporting characters - not the performances, but their drama and the necessity of their presence. No great turns or lines, and I guess that's down to the original writing.

Music and sets are gorgeous, editing keeps it clipping along.

Overall: Insightful and entertaining, not so dramatic.

Reviewed by screechy_jim 7 / 10

Enjoyed it.

I was going to pass on this one based on the fact that I simply didn't find the title appealing, but when I read it was an adaptation from a book written by Stephen Fry, I simply had to watch it.

I really enjoyed the film and the main character Ted Wallace played by Roger Allem is fantastic. As a foul mouthed, egotistical, pompous cynic he does an exceptional job. The rest of the cast is fair to good and though the its a fairly small number of characters, for the most part it works reasonably well. I would have liked to have read the book as I have a sneaking suspicion that this adaptation doesn't do it justice, which of course would be entirely understandable.

Some of the characters, such as Madam Valerie and her daughter Clara, seem all to superfluous and present only in order to allow certain aspects of the plot to cone to fruition. As it stand their presence is thin and awkward, and highlights the lack of substance they have in the film. There are some issues with other characters but I'm nit picking so will leave it at that.

I found it an entertaining 'whodunit' quintessentially British with as contemporary a feel as can be mustered in a great house of the rural English countryside. The script is pretty good if a tad odd and overdone in places, but nothing too serious. The direction and screenplay are also on par and the whole thing fits together quite nicely really. There was some slight discomfort in the progression of events. The most noticeable being the very sudden transition from disparaging cynic to disparaging mystery solver. It was all a bit 'Scooby Doo' resolution and I can't help but feel some essential material that would have ensured a more natural feel ended up on the cutting room floor. in fact to be totally honest I get the feeling quite a lot of this one ended up there. Still, all in all its very good and quite enjoyable.

I don't think for a moment this film will be for everyone, but for what it is, it's a pretty good piece. I definitely recommend it.

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