Review: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie
BRENDAN O’Carroll has become an Irish institution as his character Mrs Brown. She is the ultimate Irish mammy who loves her kids and will do anything for them but she’s also a strong Dublin woman who doesn’t take any crap from anyone. This is why the Irish people and many other countries around the world fell in love with her all those years ago.
In fact they fell so in love that soon the television sitcom was not enough and Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie had to be made. Now I love Mrs Brown (the TV show) as much as the next person. It’s funny. The live show is even better. We all know someone with some of her mad traits and it’s endearing. It’s old school and I like that. There are few gimmicks and new-fangled special effects just a group of people having the craic.
But I was a little worried when going to see the movie as I was afraid that the magic that the show holds would be lost in translation on the big screen. I wasn’t entirely wrong but thankfully I wasn’t entirely right either.
The storyline is one of a Dublin community, which to some will be very relatable but to others will be little more than fantasy. It is a fight against a small, old, traditional Dublin community and the new, shiny, modern, corporate Dublin that we all know today.
With Moore Street market-traders being shut down left, right and centre, Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) finds her livelihood under threat form a ruthless developer. Her family and the other market traders rally round her in her time of need and begin a campaign to save her stall. This is where the old traditional Dublin community forms. The evil developer has teamed up with what seems to be the Russian mob to out the Moore Street markets and in particular Mrs Brown. This is the corporate Dublin that we all know and love.
Of course this wouldn’t be the comedy we know and love without the help of a troop of blind trainee ninjas, an alcoholic solicitor and a barrister with Tourette’s Syndrome. There are holes in the plot that make me wonder are they really just subtle set-ups for the Christmas special such as *spoiler alert*, will her eldest son ever have another baby to keep poor old Bono company? This is mentioned very obviously once early on in the movie and then never mentioned again. I, for one, hear the pitter patter of tiny feet this December.
The 80’s sitcom style works well on the small screen but I think it is slightly lost when brought onto the cinema screen. The older comedy techniques such as looking straight at the camera, talking to the audience and making crude sex jokes are all a little dated when mashed together with the modern street scenes in Dublin. On the small screen it brings back nostalgia and creates an intimate atmosphere but this doesn’t happen in a crowded theatre full of people munching on popcorn.
Of course this film would not be complete without the odd smattering of playful racism, the gangsters are reminiscent of the stereotypical Russian mob and Indian and Jamaican people look the same but as is the Irish way, is it racist or just having the craic?
All in all, I had a few laughs at this but really it wasn’t worth the ticket price. Brendan O’ Carroll and Mrs Brown should stay on the small screen where they belong. Mrs Brown is suited to being a big fish in a small pond and gets lost easily when asked to swim into the big sea.
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