For some reason there is a huge audience out there who consider "Withnail and I" to be one of the greatest comedies ever made. What makes these people think such a thing is fairly obvious. A game can be played while watching "Withnail and I" in which you attempt to keep up with the truly voluminous amount of drinking in which the two titular characters engage. You would have to be under the influence of alcohol first of all to be capable of watching this drudgery to the end and, secondly, to actually think it was funny afterward. Alcohol can do that. This is what people tell me. This is what I've heard.
I sometimes wonder what gets into people who think "Withnail and I" is funny. Here you have a "comedy" featuring two of the most unappealing characters in movie history doing absolutely nothing for what seems to take six or seven hours. I didn't think a movie could possibly exist that would make me think any one of the "Lord of the Rings" movies barrels along at a speedy pace, but "Withnail and I" managed to do just that. I also don't mind movies in which basically nothing happens, but only as long as the characters are engaging, the dialogue is memorable and the film contains other aspects worth considering. "Withnail and I" contains nothing of any interest.
Drinking in order to enjoy a movie seems to me the first sign that a movie is not really worth enjoying in the slightest. Not being a drinker in the first place, I suppose I was at an enormous disadvantage when it comes to watching "Withnail and I." On the other hand, I have watched maybe 5000 movies over the course of my life, give or take, and so I felt that having read the reviews of the film, there would be something within its running time worth my watching time.
How wrong can one person be? If it were possible to sue the makers of a movie for stealing time out of your life, the makers of "Withnail and I" would, most assuredly, be in jail as punishment for attempting to escape their debts from the hundreds of thousands who have seen it. Yes, sure, "Withnail and I" has its share of supporters, but then I am a big supporter of "Ishtar" as a treasure overlooked by those who don't know better. At the same time, I am not oblivious enough to assume that just because I share a love of "Ishtar" with a few million people that such a thing means that the movie is beloved by tens or even hundreds of millions of fans across the world. No proof at all to support the following contention, but a proper prediction would probably be somewhere along the lines of 3000 people who could not stand to sit through "Withnail and I" to the end for every one of those people who think it's a classic.
If you dare to waste a couple of hours of your time, see for yourself.
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