May 3, 2018 by admin
movie of the weekTHE usual outcome for successful television shows upgraded to the multiplex is to accentuate what was winning in small doses.
In Kath & Kimderella, the spin-off to the hit Australian sitcom Kath & Kim, the show’s creators have attempted to make a stand-alone movie moderately distinct from the small-screen episodes.
Kath & Kimderella begins with a mass of explanatory set-up, detailing the lives of suburban mum Kath Day-Knight (Jane Turner) and her self-obsessed grown daughter Kim Day Craig (Gina Riley).
It also takes a look at their various partners, friends and offspring, and from there it never really stops offering up florid plot developments and bursts of exposition.
Kath, Kim and the latter’s daggy offsider Sharon (Magda Szubanski) are soon shipped off to Papilloma, a bankrupt principality in Europe, where King Javier (Rob Sitch, winningly borrowing John Pilger’s hair and Julio Iglesias’s patter) mistakes Kath for a wealthy noble and plans to seduce her, while his son fixates on Kim as a princess.
There’s a castle full of mysterious noises and secret tunnels that’s like something Bing Crosby and Bob Hope used to stumble through.
And there’s a wedding, a rebellion and magnificent eye-rolling by Richard E. Grant as a courtier.
Turner and Riley, who first brought the television show to air in 2002, wrote the film.
It’s directed by television veteran Ted Emery.
The humour stems from the television show: the same verbal tics, catchphrases, garish bodies and tacky clothes.
Kath & Kimderella opens on Thursday at Event Cinemas Liverpool and in theatres across Sydney.
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