Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Rare Beasts (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

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

3 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...