Friday, December 16, 2016

Movie review: The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting is a six-part Australian sketch comedy. The satirical series presents a strange look at different subjects such as; Amish IT, a Prius lover, astronauts, and zombies.

Craig Anderson, Damon Herriman, Darren Gilshenan, Dave Eastgate, Georgina Haig, Janis McGavin, Patrick Brammall, Phil Lloyd, Robin McLeavy, Charlie Garber, Glenn Hazeldine, Rachel Gordon, Jane Harber.

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting is a six part sketch comedy series from Australia. Each episode contains multiple skits of varying length that focus on a variety of topics. While the humor is good at the start of each episode, it often doesn't last past the first few minutes. Some have a few twists, several are directly sarcastic and hypocritical, and even fewer depend on intelligence to value the humor.

Acting was good with Anderson, Herriman, Gilshenan, McGavin, Brammall, Lloyd, Haig, and the remainder of the main cast doing quite well. The supporting cast was also enjoyable and fairly good.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were a mix given the numerous skits and variety of subjects but overall each was well done. Action scenes were mild but enjoyable and fitting. Dialogue was decent but didn't quite land the laughs it was obviously intended to generate. Sound and soundtrack were mild but good.

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting while mildly interesting and entertaining is likely going to appeal to a narrow audience. The humor never really develops beyond a chuckle at which point the episodes are simply strange.

Those who enjoy sketch comedies and British or Australian humor will enjoy this the most. Those looking for depth or persistent current humor may be disappointed.

With some edgy comedy, mild violence and sexuality, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 11.16.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, TV Sketch Comedies, TV Comedies, Comedy

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