Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear. Former singer and Doctor Who actress Billie Piper’s TV series I Hate Suzy was a good examination of a woman on the edge of a breakdown, her family and the effect those around her. It was funny, charming and didn’t preach. Covering similar round, Rare Beasts is an attempt to deconstruct the rom-com and, sadly, ends up feeling like a pretentious student film that has a brief to “Create something edgy and quirky” but instead just looses itself up it’s own backside and never once comes up for air. Look I GET that I may not be the right audience for this and that others have really liked it. It’s also not in doubt that as a director Piper has obvious talent. But this just everything I dislike in a film – edgy & pretentious for edgy & pretentious sakes whilst still managing to be dull and dumb. It may be short but even at 20 minute the joke would start to wear thin pretty quick. Avoid.
Best Bit: Piper is good as always
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid
If You Liked this Try: I Hate Suzie (TV), Zola, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind