|The Man Who Sued God|
Watson's script keeps things bouncy and entertaining, even as he works overtime to maintain a balanced approach to the more serious religious and social issues the story raises. These heavy themes never overtake the film, and in some ways they're underdeveloped, but it can't have been easy to write through this minefield! Even the supercilious "villain" lawyer (Brown) is interesting, as are the heads of the four main religions who are called upon to defend the case. There's the nagging feeling of a romantic comedy sprouting up, but it helps to have terrific actors like Connolly and Davis to deliver the dialog--off-the-cuff, bracingly natural performances by actors who aren't afraid to appear imperfect, and as a result let us identify with them much more than most slickly produced Hollywood movies. What emerges is a great story told in a breezy and very funny style that somehow survives every attempt to overcook the plot (family crises, encroaching brush fires, romance and even some magical realism). Yes, it's a bit corny in the end, but it's also wonderfully enjoyable.
dir Mark Joffe|
scr Don Watson
with Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Bille Brown, Wendy Hughes, Blair Venn, Emily Browning, John Howard, Vincent Ball, Frank Whitten, Peter Whitford, Linal Haft
release Australia 25.Oct.01; UK 22.Aug.03
Father and daughter. Steve and Rebecca (Connolly and Browning) chat before he leaves to take on the bad guys...
|Shell, Liverpool: "This film is so funny! In places the storyline is a bit weak, carried along by the magnificent Billy Connolly. I laughed for days afterwards - some of the scenes are so funny. The ending is a bit corny and Steve and Anna make an odd couple. But I 100% recommend it - if you need a laugh I have never seen a film more simply hysterical!" 23.Sep.03|