Welcome to this blog of my film reviews. Some have been drafted carefully on paper, others I have sat and typed. I'm going to make it clear right now that I don't expect you to agree with my (re)views, or to like my style of writing. However, I want my views to be just out there and open, as a person who wishes to express himself from deep within. Feel free to comment and debate with me, but I do ask that you are civil and not harsh, as any comments which are basically swear words and insults will automatically be deleted. Also any text that is in orange (and often bold) is a Hyperlink to either a source, or a previous post for background reference.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Carry On Camping
Set in a Devon campsite called Paradise, the film follows the events that lead several groups of people to the campsite, and the various ways in which their lives connect and interconnect over the course of 48 hours on site.
Carry On is famous for being low budget British comedy, that relies on innuendos and slapstick to make its audience laugh, which this film does, and this is only part of the reason why this film is a successful piece of farce. The innuendos come very regularly, and vary in degrees of subtlety, some being ones you have to really think about, others you feel yourself asking "Can they really insinuate that in a PG?" Turns out they can!
Slapstick also gets ladled on in large, regular portions, which after a while isn't as funny, but they never fail to make it genuinely funny stuff. It turns out you can have too much of a good thing!
As for the general verbal gags they are quite funny and generally hit the right notes, although they are not that well written, so the reason they hit the right notes is the fact that they are timed so well by the cast.
However, the screenplay drags the whole film down by not giving much substance or development to its characters. Yes, they are made funny, but that is simply because they are being used specifically as props to bring the farcical screenplay to life, resulting in little substance or worth to said characters. They are weak characters, and this is disappointing as you want a comical look at the people of '60s Britain, which falls flat.
A good piece of farce, and all round good entertainment. The film lacks substance, but it all in all isn't too bad for a film that cost just over £208,000. I, however, will always carry a tiny torch for it as it's the first Carry On film I ever saw.
Stars: Sidney James, Bernard Bresslaw, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Joan Sims, Dilys Laye, Hattie Jacques, Terry Scott, Betty Marsden, Charles Hawtrey, Julian Holloway, Peter Butterworth, Trisha Noble, Amelia Bayntun, Sandra Caron,.