Acts Of Godfrey review

The reason why films aren’t written in rhyming couplets

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Ever wondered why more films aren’t written in rhyming couplets? Within the first 10 minutes of this debut from writer/director Johnny Daukes, you’ll wonder no more.

Clearly aspiring to address such lofty ideas as free will and fate, the plot sees God (Simon Callow) give drippy charisma vacuum Vic (Ian Edmondson) a break by pairing him off with vampy charisma vacuum Mary (Myfanwy Waring) at a motivational conference.

The script’s too busy being arch to give its characters anything to do but act as postmodern mouthpieces, a flaw which makes this unbearable.

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Emma Didbin is a writer and journalist who has contributed to GamesRadar+, The New York Times, Elle, Esquire, The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, and more. Emma can currently be found in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in TV writing. Emma has also penned two novels, and somehow finds the time to write scripts for Parcast – the Spotify-owned network that creates thrilling true crime and mystery podcasts.