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The Curse (Ch4 crime-comedy)


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I'm a big fan of People Just Do Nothing, Tom Davis, and Michael Smiley, so the advert for this piqued my interest:

 

 

Remains to be seen whether the PJDN guys can cleanly define some new characters. Hugo Chegwin looks like he's done it, but not so sure about Allan Mustafa and Steve Stamp 😄

 

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One of my friends worked on a short film with Allan Mustafa, and he said the main fear was that his character off PJDN was all he could do, and that the director was really struggling to get him to break out of that mould. Still, the trailer looks pretty funny. Steve Stamp was talking about it on Romesh Ranganathan's podcast a while back, and it sounded pretty promising - he was saying that they were researching the story, and that it was absolutely full of stuff that you could slot straight into a comedy without having to change anything, like the main characters shipping a load of gold to Colombia to exchange for cocaine, but not bothering to arrange any way of selling on the coke afterwards, leaving them stuck with it.

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This landed on All 4 so I watched the first episode, and the above checks out. I guess this is how Beats', Grindah's and Steves' dads met in the Kurupt cinematic universe.

 

But it's well shot and there are some standout actors, so I'm looking forward to seeing it through.

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The first episode is alright. Not amazing - the voiceover is pretty redundant, and it all feels like it could be a bit better than it is - but there are plenty of laughs. Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa are really good; it’s easy to assume that he’s just playing himself with Steves, but he’s a really good comic actor. I loved his nonchalant arrival at the depot. 

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I binged it through. 7/10 for me - worth watching.

 

Thoughts (not too spoilery):

 

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The presentation was great. A lot of split screen, beige, and surveillance from darkened Austin Allegros.

Script was alright but nothing really shone. A few things felt unnatural for the sake of the churning the story.

Some great actors... I just couldn't tear away from the ones who didn't distinguish enough from their PJDN roles.

I particularly liked the guru guy from Man Down, who played straight and didn't knock a single vase off a table.

 

A bit let down by (much more spoilery):

 

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The ending. At the end of ep 1, Natasha says she's the only one that makes it out alive? Does this mean a second series?

 

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11 hours ago, Skykid said:

A bit let down by (much more spoilery):

 

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The ending. At the end of ep 1, Natasha says she's the only one that makes it out alive? Does this mean a second series?

 

 

I pondered that too, it felt a bit open-ended for the finale.

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I hope there's a second series as this one definitely wasn't finished with the story.

 

I enjoyed it a lot and thought everyone did really well.  Clearly massively influenced by Underbelly, then the obvious Lock Stock'/Snatch stuff and to a lesser extent Brassic.  I expect also influenced by Minder and The Sweeney, but I've never watched either so couldn't really say.

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