Friday, March 24, 2023

Say My Name (2019)

Streaming Service: Peacock
Movie Name/Year: Say My Name (2019)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Crime
Length:  1h 23m
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: Electric Entertainment, Peacock
Director: Jay Stern
Writers: Deborah Frances-White
Actors: Alan Cox, Celyn Jones, Deborah Frances-White, Grant Crookes, Gwen Ellis, Jamie de Courcey, Laurence Dobiesz, Lisa Brenner, Mark Bonnar, Melanie Walters, Nick Blood, Peter Davison
IMDb Blurb: Mary and Statton's one-night stand at a hotel gets interrupted by a robbery, and the complete strangers are forced to help each other navigate the seedy underbelly of a sleepy Welsh island in order to get back their stolen property.
Cat’s Point of View:
I am always ready to watch anything that’s adjacent to British comedy. The story in Say My Name is set on a little island in Wales, so that’s definitely fitting the UK prerequisite! This production didn’t have a lot of slang, though, so it would be fairly easy for anyone to follow along without needing to google phrases. (I love the slang, to be honest, so I was missing a little more of that here.) 

One of the things I enjoy about the Brit comedies is the banter. We’ve talked about that before here at Trust the Dice a lot, I think. Banter can make or break a film depending on how it plays out. If it’s stilted or poorly executed, it can make the whole experience take a nose-dive. Here, with Say My Name, the back-and-forth exchanges felt natural and I enjoyed them. 
The situations that followed the interruption of the already rocky one-night-stand in progress were hilarious. Was it the funniest thing I’ve ever seen? Maybe not, but I was definitely entertained. The antagonists were interesting as they bumbled their way through their heist and the events that followed. There were a few moments of the story that I just didn’t quite expect. Then there was also the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison (Doctor Who, Gentleman Jack, The Larkins) showing up as a character, as well, that had me giggling to myself. 

That being said, there wasn’t anything that made this stand out as something I’m going to remember or be quoting in the future. It’s not a bad thing, as I had a fun time watching the shenanigans. 

I feel I need to make a slight disclaimer with my review of Say My Name

My area is under a “Red Weather Alert” today and the storms are moving in. My anxiety is ramping up a bit so I’m not sure if that has colored my perception of this movie or not. I’d like to think that it hasn’t, but storm days are funny that way. Sufficed to say, Say My Name is definitely worth giving a chance if you want to decide for yourself! 
Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score –88%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.9/10
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 4/5
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