Film review: The Comedian starring Edward Hogg
Shot on a shoestring, this British drama is an earnest attempt to capture the confusions of love and sex in North London bohemia.
Edward Hogg plays a disaffected thirtysomething who's bored by his call-centre job and not good enough at what he wants to be – a stand-up comedian. (An early shot of him silently staring into the abyss after a disastrous routine is the best thing here).
The film ramblingly follows his emotional wavering between the woman (Elisa Lasowski) he shares a flat with, and the man (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) he's falling in love with.
Director Tom Shkolnik likes long takes and the spontaneous feel of ordinary chat, but the latter requires powers of improvisation beyond these actors – it's beyond most actors. Scenes drag on too long as the performers cast around for things to say.
Projecting a character is hard enough, and harder still without the prop of a script.
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