BRIAN AND CHARLES
Starring: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya, Lynn Hunter, Lowri Izzard, Mari Izzard, and Cara Chase
Director: Jim Archer
Brian and Charles is absolutely adorable and full of genuine heart. Lightyear may have been the bigger theatrical release this weekend, but it’s this Sundance comedy that ultimately bests the Space Ranger spinoff in pure quality. Charming and creative in all the right ways, its mostly plain filmmaking is overcome through sheer inventiveness, which permeates through David Earl’s tender-hearted performance. There are some aspects of it which lack the nuance it needs to be one of the indie greats, but others work well enough to make up for it. It seems destined to become one of 2022’s most underrated films.
Brian And Charles won’t change the world or anything, but it’s definitely worth a watch. Your appreciation for this film will depend on how much you enjoy British humor, though, because there is a lot of it in this movie. That said, the humor lands for the most part, but it’s a little awkward when it doesn’t. The central story isn’t anything mind blowing either, but it’s a sweet one for sure, especially with the titular relationship. It’s not something I’ll be rushing to watch again, yet I am happy that I saw it.