Director: Paul King Release date: 27 November Review by Newell Hampson-Jones See this film! I know I've pretty much blown my load all over this review early (a common problem according to ladies I've been intimate with) but seriously, see this film. Written and directed by Paul King (he of The Mighty Boosh fame) Bunny and the Bull is a superb, visionary, quirky and heartwarming work of unparalleled beauty. And I hate using the words "heartwarming", "quirky" and, most of all, "visionary". Simon (Edward Hogg) is an agoraphobic who organises and compartmentalises his life to a disturbingly anal level. Through a series of flashbacks both he and the audience reminisce about the last time he left the house: a European holiday with his best friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby), whose only goal in life is to bet, drink and fuck like he'll die tomorrow. On the way they both meet Eloisa, (Verónica Echegui) a feisty, free-thinking but highly superstitious Spaniard, desperate to return to her hometown for its world-famous fiesta. The group embark on a road trip throughout Europe meeting some quite disturbing yet funny characters to get Eloisa to the fiesta and to give Bunny the chance to fight a bull. Whilst the elements that make up this film seem clichéd, the execution of the story is anything but. King's visual style has been he honed over three series of The Mighty Boosh (a show which I must confess I’m not the most devout of fans) and has transferred effortlessly to cinema, with some of the most stunning and imaginative sets I have seen for years. He manages to effectively capture and communicate Simon's suffocation with close camera angles, and in Bunny has created a crudely-drawn but no less loveable modern Withnail for Generation Y. Interestingly, King has decided to eschew bringing in Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt to play his leads. The pair are relegated to bit parts alongside Richard Ayoade and Rich Fulcher, and he focuses instead on Hogg and Farnaby. This is a bold but a ultimately wise move allowing Hogg to produce a truly outstanding and moving portrayal of Simon's decent in to grief and ultimate redemption, a role that I doubt neither of the Boosh members could have come to grips with. (Any Nathan Barley fan would disagree with you there. My boy Julian got mad skills, dawg. Noel’s a bit of a ponce though, fair cop. – KS ) Hogg is, without doubt, the standout star here and his acting abilities are in full force. It is impossible not to empathise with his character and I wouldn’t mind betting that were the film released by a larger Hollywood studio, there would be Oscar talk surrounding him and not George Clooney’s comparatively safe performance in Up in the Air. Farnaby is also impressive as Bunny, with a brave, bollocks-out performance that is the comic catalyst for most of the film's lively and surreal humour. The film does have some slight flaws which prevent it from reaching perfection. It feels over-long and slow in places, which becomes more frustrating as the obligatory plot twist is quite evident very early on. The music is wonderful and adds to the fantastical nature of Simon's recollections, bit can also make scenes feel longer and become frustrating and repetitive nearer the end of the film. I also found Noel Fielding's performance to be slightly stale. It was frustrating watching him tread over familiar ground as Eloisa's brother, essentially reprising the Spider Dijon character but in a different guise. These issues aside, King still produces a wonderful film that focuses on love, grief and-ultimately-redemption. With an ending that bordered on tear-jerking with Hoggs virtuoso performance, Bunny and the Bull is a British film that echoes the inventiveness of Powell and Pressburger and is destined to become a cult hit for years to come. There is a dearth of cinema as creative and loveable as Bunny and the Bull and the numerous trailers, the limited release and excessive number of production companies involved all could indicate that there was difficulty in securing funding for the project. It is with that in mind that I say, passionately, see this film. Doing so will not just give you an unforgettable and moving experience, but could also slow down the British film industry's steady decline in to just producing soulless "gritty" urban/gangster films and bring us more gems from truly imaginative storytellers like Paul King. Rating:9/10