Film Review: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie

‘The Queen of Dublin town’ is back!

First off: I’m assuming that everyone who wants to see D’Movie has already watched the TV Show, if not, go and devour the box set, then get back to me.

Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive about seeing this. What I love about Mrs Brown’s Boys is its sitcom feel: the cheeky glances at the camera, the hilarious outtakes, the actors playing to the audience. Would D’Movie still be able to capture all that?

In the words of our Agnes: ‘Abso-feckin’-lutely!’ Before D’Movie even starts, she helpfully points out some safety regulations in her own special way (“Find a male in case we have to ejaculate the building”).  In fact, the fourth wall is blasted into smithereens so many times, I’m surprised it’s still standing. The outtakes are also included, and Agnes still does her trademark, “Oh, hello!” to the audience. There are witty ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ one liners that’ll have you in stitches, slapstick scenes galore, and a host of famous Irish faces to spot. Oh, and do stay for the end credits, for one last giggle.

Don’t get me wrong, D’Movie isn’t Oscar worthy. There are a few cringe worthy jokes made in poor taste that, in all honesty, should have been left on the cutting room floor (then set fire to) however, for me, the feel good factor of the film overrides all that. Certain poignant moments catch you by surprise in the midst of all the laughs; the importance of family, friends and community is frequently underlined. Brendan O’Carroll (Agnes Brown herself) described D’Movie as ‘a love letter to Dublin’, and it definitely lives up to its promise. We get sweeping bird’s eye views of the city that I’m sure will have many families booking a trip there soon. And, you have to smile when you see the O’Carroll family having such an obviously great time on the big screen. Their unabashed glee is infectious.

Is it cheesy? Of course! But, good cheesy. D’Movie gets a big thumbs up from me. (That’s nice!)

[Jenna Burns]

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