A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2012)


Comedy | Horror


Chris Hopewell | Crispian Mills




Simon Pegg, Clare Higgins, Amara Karan, Paul Freeman, Kerry Shale, Alan Drake, Zaak Conway, Filippo Delaunay, Elliot Greene, Mo Idriss, Tuyet Le


Paranoid crime novelist Jack (Simon Pegg) must confront his worst fears when a film executive takes an interest in his movie script.


I was scrolling down Simon Pegg's filmography looking for some comedy I haven't seen when I saw "A Fantastic Fear of Everything". I had no idea what the film was about but I loved the title and went for it. And I liked it and I believe I'm alone on this island because the ratings everywhere seem to suggest this is a terrible film. I'm the first to admit it is not the most clever horror comedy out there, but it still is amusing and entertaining.

The film features the kind of story you either love or hate. And it was love for me as I found it quite original, incredibly bizarre and very engaging. It is about the journey of a man who has to confront his fears and, it being just a silly comedy, the filmmakers handled that theme quite well.

The story gets a little flat at some point, but the narration is what makes it interesting. Simon Pegg narrating his paranoias with an inner vocalization is in fact what really made me love the film and allowed me to identify a little with the character.

Although there aren't plenty of laughing-out-loud moments, the British dark humour is still spot on and will put a grin on your face for most of the running time. There still are some hilarious scenes, though. Overall it's the typical Simon Pegg humour, if you like him, you'll enjoy the film and his brilliant performances as well.

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