Reviews: Get Him To The Greek

Lisa Dib casts a critical eye over the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off Get Him To The Greek.

Oh Rusty and Jonah, up to old tricks again! The pair that shared some brilliantly awkward banter in Forgetting Sarah Marshall are together again in Get Him to the Greek, written and directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

The premise is as follows: Brand’s Aldous Snow character from Marshall has since embarked on a decade-long binge of drugs and alcohol, as well having released a racist and uninspired flop record. He’s on the downward slope, until record company littlewig Aaron Green (de-Jew Fro’d Jonah Hill [oh, he looks much better]) is sent by his boss, Sergio (Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs, who must be given due credit for comedic chops here – more on that later) to take the lascivious rocker from London to LA for an anniversary concert, celebrating ten years since a blinder performance at – you guessed it – the Greek Theatre. Hilarity ensues!

The Aldous Snow persona in Marshall was a rather thin one; Brand portrayed a highly sexual New Age-y rock star with nought more than a fick Inglish axent and tattoos that don’t mean very much at all. But in Greek, Snow is born anew. We see a side to the man that mirrors the life of Brand himself (if you’ve read his Booky Wook, you’ll see the similarities, including the photo that is shown of a “young Aldous” which is actually a real-life photo of “young Russ” from the book). The character is given new depth, and Brand’s portrayal is deeply heartening. In a climactic scene where Snow finally admits the truth of his inner demons to Green (“I’m lonely, mate”), one feels genuine sympathy for the character that is, to most of the world, a rambunctious rock frontman with a penchant for heroin and furry walls in hotel rooms.

Jonah Hill is at his awkward, fish-out-of-water best here; the comedic triumvate of Hill, Brand and Diddy in Greek works gangbusters. Between Hill’s worried mumbles and drunken insanity, Brand’s carefree disposition and deadpan Brit delivery and Diddy’s left-of-the-black-man cliché rendering bounce off each other to laugh-out-loud results.

Outside of the bumbling trio, there are some fine appearances and familiar faces: Aussie Rose Byrne- in a great Lily Allen-esque accent- plays Snow’s ex-girlfriend, trashy pop star Jackie Q; Mad Men and Saturday Night Live’s Elisabeth Moss plays Green’s adorable nurse girlfriend; celebrities, as themselves, also pop up in the form of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, pop-rocker Pink and US chat man Kurt Loder.

Aldous Snow, as we know, is the bendy frontman for fictional rock group Infant Sorrow, so the soundtrack to the film becomes a pastiche of modern musical parodies and genuinely catchy tracks; the single that, in effect, ruins Snow’s career (African Child) is a hilarious lampoon of the celebrity ‘help the poor’ gene (which usually just manifests itself in a great PR opportunity) and lighters-in-the-air highlight Bangers, Beans and Mash is a heartfelt power ballad about cock and balls- there’s really no other way to describe it. Brand is no singer, but he has the charisma, the punk effete, the strut, the cocky satisfaction, to pull off being a wildly successful frontman.

This movie could have been awful; it very well could have been fart jokes, forced lines and gratuitous sex abounding but is, in actuality, a pleasantly heartfelt and unique comedy.

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  1. flights to rhodes says:

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