Agnes Brown’s first trip to the big screen delivers all the comedy fans are used to, while introducing a seriousness not felt in the TV series.
The plot for the film is a basic one. Mrs Brown’s fruit and vegetable stand is to be shut down, and after she discovers that she is nearly $4M in debt, the “mammy” endures a testing but amazingly funny test of character and truth as the fight to keep her famous market stall up and running.
D’Movie is good because despite it featuring all the same characters and using a lot of the same comedic elements that the TV series has, you walk out of the theatre feeling like is stands alone and is entirely separate from what we have come to know. There are scenes in the film that worried me about Mrs Brown’s safety, and just as it becomes tense, humor that is clearly the work and writing of Brendan O’Carroll interrupts the moment and completely breaks the tension of the scene.
For me one of the most memorable scenes from the film is when Dermot and Buster confront the Russians in a bar, and just as the tension is at its heaviest before the main Russian villain says “dead man walking” to Dermot, Buster cracks up laughing which leads to all the actors going out of character, laughing uncontrollably for a few moments.
There is a shocker in the film, revealing a truth about Mrs Brown that I don’t think anybody saw coming. And in its shock, you feel very sad on Mrs Brown’s behalf.
It was always expected, but I couldn’t help but notice that the comedy in the movie wasn’t as hilarious and side splitting as what you get in the TV series. But with the whole big screen experience, there are some things you can get away with on the TV series that a 95 minute movie in Hollywood won’t tolerate.
But even with that said, much of the comedy in the film felt scripted and there wasn’t anywhere near as much “off the hip” comments as the first three series of Mrs Brown delivered.
One of the elements that Mrs Browns Boys has always done well with its message, sometimes powerful and meaningful. Usually at the end of each TV Show is when it happens, but in the movie it is much more prominent. A sense of pride for who you are and where you come from was one of the big angles O’Carroll took with the script, he made it very Irish, and it was so nice to see Cathy get her moment to shine in the film.
D’Movie is well worth the price of admission, and it stands separate to the BBC’s sitcoms. The film isn’t perfect though, and it would have been nice to see more of the edgy comedy that the TV series is famous for.
Hopefully it isn’t the last time Agnes Brown makes her way to the big screen, because I would love to see a sequel. But it felt like this was a movie that could lead to more down the line, but even with this said, another Mrs Brown movie seems a little unjustifiable for Hollywood right at this moment.