Ab Fab was one of the biggest shows on television during its ‘90s heyday, and while it ventured out again in 2012 with a few new episodes, it has generally become a relic of the past. However fans were overjoyed when creator Jennifer Saunders announced a big screen comeback, reuniting some of the progamme’s best loved characters,
Antics kick off with PR “guru” Edina ‘Eddy’ Monsoon (Saunders) and her partner in crime Patsy (Joanna Lumley) continuing to live the high life, even though money troubles are getting in the way. With PR no longer being the glam game it once was (what with the likes of Instagram and Twitter taking over), things are looking a little bleak. After setting her sights on signing Kate Moss to her agency, Eddy makes a beeline for the model at a riverside party, but ends up knocking Mossy into the River Thames.
Forced to flee the U.K. after a media storm erupts, the terrible twosome decide the French Riviera should be their place of refuge, so set off to the Millionaire’s playground of Cannes. Here they hatch a plan to make the sunny French coast their permanent base, where they can live it up once more.
Julia Sawalha is back as Edina’s long suffering daughter Saffy, as is Jane Horrocks as ditzy Bubble and June Whitfield as Mother.
This who’s who of celebrity is more style over substance, but the onslaught of cameos makes for a good few laughs so you’ll end up not caring. Rebel Wilson as an air hostess and Jon Hamm as an ex of maneater Patsy’s are particular highlights. However the fashion folk who grace the screen aren’t quite as successful, with the likes of Jerry Hall, Alexa Chung and Suki Waterhouse falling flat.
The film has already courted criticism, with some slamming the casting of Scottish comedienne Janette Krankie as Asian looking fashion designer Huki Muki as racist. But Lumley saves the day with her truly brilliant turn as pouting Patsy.
Fans will enjoy this 90 minute romp, and it makes for perfect frivolous viewing in the current political climate that is dragging the country down. Take in a glass of champers in with you and just enjoy the ride.
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