Run Fatboy Run
I'm a fan of British comedy, and I've enjoyed Simon Pegg's other two hits, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Run, Fat Boy, Run isn't a parodyit's a romantic comedy with a decent amount of laughs. The story is implausible, like most movies these days, but that doesn't detract from some truly likeable characters and touching moments.
The high-bitrate VC-1 encode is a crowd pleaser. Detail is outstanding, especially in the background shots of London. The richly saturated color palette emphasizes bright reds and deep blues, and Pegg's pasty skin looks distinctly British. Black levels are solid with good shadow detail, especially in the nighttime shots.
Surprisingly, this romantic comedy boasts a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack that truly rocks. Specifically, when Dennis is having a nervous breakdown before his impending nuptials, he continually bangs his head on the floorthe resulting dynamics are impressive in their depth and impact, utilizing the full array of speakers. Unfortunately, the rest of the track is dialog-dominated, which is always clear and intelligible, but that first scene is something to behold, especially for the genre.
The bonus features include a commentary by Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Gill Pegg (Simon's Mom), and first-time director David Schwimmer. Additional supplements contain deleted scenes, outtakes, and theatrical trailers, all in HD.
The romantic-comedy genre has been in a serious slump the past few years, and Run Fat Boy Run has a lot to offerlikable characters and some laughs. I'm not sure how funny some of the jokes would be after multiple viewings, but it's definitely worth a rental.
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Movie: 6 out of 10
Picture: 8 out of 10
Sound: 9 out of 10
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