Bard-Man Begins: A review of Bill

Bill (2015)

Bill (2015)

From the people who brought you everyone’s favourite historical sketch show, ‘Horrible Histories’ comes Bill, the early years of William Shakespeare, set around an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth the 1st by King Philip II of Spain.

Basically, if you like ‘Horrible Histories’, then you’ll like this, and if you don’t like it, then you must be a right old grump. Bill follows in the same footsteps of the show for their first film adventure, its delightfully silly, very funny and enjoyably educational. It takes the heart of what made the show so successful, and transplants it to the big screen, making it just as zany and just as entertaining.

The same old cast are back, each taking on multiple roles, with the additions of a couple of famous faces, and the writing is just as delightfully chucklesome. Taking this group to the big screen doesn’t diminish them. What could have been one long sketch stretched out for far too long, is avoided by having a proper structured and scripted film.

What it reminds you of the most will be comedy classics such as Monty Python and Blackadder, the humour sticking closer to Python with its off the wall oddness, whilst the historical bent is reminiscent of Blackadder. Like those great Python films, it exists solely to make you laugh, there’s no connection to the characters, but that’s how it’s played.

The plot is done well, it’s a tangled web of espionage and secrets, but it all comes second place to the jokes, which are flat out funny. It’s humour is smart and silly, all fart gags and political winks, but is a film that’s written by clever people who know what they’re doing, and it’s all better for it. Simply, it’s great. Go see it.

Rating: B  7/10

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