Comfort and Joy

1984

Action / Comedy

4
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 1415

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Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

A Joy Indeed!

A movie so rich in wit, originality and expertise – at least for its first half – that it's hard to know where to start with this review. This movie's keen observation and startling sense of realism, its rich characterizations and, above all, its quirky sense of humor with ingenious twists of comedy and clever running gags – all of which are so adroitly acted, and directed with such a fine balance as to make even the most ignorant patron acutely aware that he/she is in the presence of top-rated craftsmanship.

This is a movie where the narrative flow and selected incidents are so finely judged and juxtaposed that the movie could never succeed on TV where that flow was constantly interrupted by commercial breaks. True, the last half of the movie tends to be less ingenious and original. But there is no mistaking our sympathy and continued interest in the central character, so well played by Bill Paterson.

Reviewed by punishmentpark 5 / 10

A small disappointment.

I was curious to finally see something by the small cult legend Bill Forsyth (won a BBC / Kermode award for his entire oeuvre, no less), but this was a small disappointment.

Though the film tries to tell a sympathetic, small and humorous story, it does not fully accomplish to do so. Yes, it is small up to a point, but with the two rivaling gangs included, there is an obvious attempt at a bigger story, even if it tries to downplay this with some easy, silly twists. The humour was much hit and miss, wherein the more subtle things worked a lot better than the bigger 'ice cream war' developments.

Bill Paterson and the rest of the cast mostly do a decent job, but on the whole they can not save the so-so script from falling further apart toward the end.

5 out of 10.

Reviewed by l_rawjalaurence 7 / 10

Whimsical Growth of Awareness Comedy

It's instructive to look at Bill Forsyth's mid-Eighties comedy in light of the Alan Partridge cycle of television shows, in which Steve Coogan portrayed a monstrously egotistical radio presenter completely unaware of the fact that everyone hates him, and would rather see him off the airwaves as soon as possible. Likewise Bill Paterson's "Dickie" (actually Alan) Bird comes across as someone so wrapped up in his radio persona that he cannot see what's happening around him. In the ersatz world of jingles, pop music, and inane chatter, he is a big star; to everyone else he is nothing but a pain. It's thus hardly surprising that his long-time girlfriend Maddy (Eleanor David) chooses to move out.

Set around Christmastime in the center of Glasgow, COMFORT AND JOY looks as if it might be a highly ironic title for a film whose central character cannot find inner peace, and who becomes unwittingly involved in a turf war between rival ice cream sellers. What makes Bill Forsyth's film so endearing is the way he shows so many people making mountains out of emotional and personal windmills. Glasgow is sufficiently big to accommodate both the McCool cartel led by the Mafia-style boss (Roberto Bernardi), as well as the more fly-by- night outfit led by Trevor (Alex Norton). It is simply pride - as well as other issues - that prevents them from arriving at a deal.

As the action unfolds, however, so Alan/Dickie undergoes something of a change of character. He finds out that he can make things happen - not by trying to sustain his arrogant radio persona, but rather treating people on their own terms. He manages to find a particularly satisfying resolution to bring the two sides in the ice cream war together, leaving him ready and willing to face the world with renewed vigor. He might be on his own on Christmas Day, but he understands the importance now of maintaining relationships, both personal and public.

Shot in muddy color in perhaps the most anti-Thatcherite of cities, COMFORT AND JOY offers a glimpse of life beyond the mid-1980s illusion of prosperity and individual self-improvement. People struggle to survive in this city in whatever way they can, even if it means selling ice cream for a living. Their world deserves to be recognized, even though very different from English life at the same time.

The film is replete with memorable cameos, from Scottish actor Rikki Fulton's Hilary - Alan's smooth-talking boss who thinks his star employee has gone barking mad - to C. P. (aka Clare) Grogan's stellar turn as Charlotte. COMFORT AND JOY might be a film with a morally soft center, but it manages to make some acute social observations along the way.

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