Most will agree that Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow stole quite a few scenes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Now reprising his role as the bawdy rocker, Get Him to the Greek takes Aldous a couple of years down the track; he has indeed forgotten Sarah Marshall, gone back on the sauce and also managed to tank his career attempting to be a ‘White African Space Jesus’ in a post-colonial nightmare of a track called African Child.
Enter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) a passionate young music executive and a diehard fan of the fallen star, he conceives of a plan to resuscitate Snow’s career by putting on a ten year revival gig at LA’s Greek Theatre. Given a mere three days to get it all together, Green’s rather unspooled boss Sergio (Sean Combs) sets his man on a near impossible mission: to wrangle the out of control Snow from London to LA.
While this rock and roll road movie has some great scenes (including Rose Byrne’s fabulous pop starlet, and the stroke of genius that is ‘furry walls’), on the whole the film confirms that what made for a good sideshow doesn’t hold up as the main attraction. The more sinister elements of Snow’s drug addiction – which loudly echo Brand’s personal history – sit uneasily against the film’s gross out comedic elements, (which are derivative of The Hangover). And with Hill hamstrung by playing the dull straight man, Brand proves he doesn’t yet have the dramatic chops to quit his day job.
Published by Street Press Australia
Australian release date: 17 June 2010
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