Monday, 27 July 2009
local heroes, star wars, hippopotami
I watched Local Hero the other night. It's smashing. Peter Capaldi being gawky and young is funny. Jenny Seagrove is incredibly attractive.
But what I also thought was: Local Hero has a lot in common with The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. The protagonists are getting disillusioned with their soulless corporations, though on epically different scales, and with different home lives, and so on. And they are beholden to crazy gnomic bosses with crackpot ideas, gnomic diction and moustaches. I think it is a very good comparison.
Did you know that the main Scottish guy in Local Hero, Denis Lawson, is most famous for playing Wedge Antilles in the first Star Wars trilogy? Did you know that his sister is the mother of Ewan McGregor? Isn't that quite interesting?