Ian Ham went to Cheltenham Playhouse last night to watch Withnail and I. He wrote this pre-review before he went (although he assured us it's not because he wouldn't be capable of writing it afterwards)...
Withnail and I. What more can be written about this oddball of a film? Haven’t seen it yet? WHY NOT? Have seen it and not liked it? YOU’RE WRONG.
I think that about covers everything you need to know. Perhaps some facts, you say? It stars the now Oscar nominated Richard E Grant as the eponymous Withnail, and Paul McGann and the not- eponymous I. It was written by the wonderful Bruce Robinson as a sort of autobiographical account of his late 60s Camden-bound days. And it’s a lamenting love letter to the end of an era.
But enough about facts! IT HAS A DRINKING GAME! The players have to match the characters' drinks as they meander their way through the film. For the more discerning players amongst you: it may be advised to swap out some of the more esoteric drinks with blander affairs. Lighter fluid tends to repeat on one. Perhaps not.
|This is the lovely theatre|
|This is Paul Scott, the 77 year old in a 44 year old body|
And I also really recommend watching Withnail if you get a chance. You may think it’s a film about excessive alcoholic debauchery and creative swearing, and you’d be right. But it’s also a wonderfully well written and endlessly quotable film that deals with two friends approaching an end of an era. Not just the end of the decade, but circumstances meaning the eventual ending their friendship. And their determination to go out with a bang by going on holiday by mistake.
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