Absolutely Fabulous has made its way to the big screen, much like a lot of the TV Series these days. Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Pasty (Joanna Lumley) bring the larger than life characters back in the public eye for, what can only be described as, an extended episode of the very popular TV show.

Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! – Fox Searchlight Pictures/BBC Films

OK let’s crack open the Bolly and get on with this. With most TV shows that are made into a movie, one thing that I  personally have found is that the movies just don’t work. Just look at Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, terrible film and let’s not even go there with the Harry Hill movie!

So where do we go with Absolutely Fabulous?

Well for starters, the cast that is in the TV show are in the film version, all our favourites from Eddie’s family are all back together to have us laughing in our seats and they certainly had me laughing.

Not only do we get all the cast back together, but the film also has lots, and I mean lots, of cameos throughout the film.

With Eddie and Patsy on the run after thinking Eddie had accidentally killed Kate Moss, the film is an extended version of an episode of the show, what starts out to be hysterically funny, does start to bore you around half way in as the jokes become a little tiresome. Yes, there are some funny gags during the last half of the film, but they seem a little empty as the film progresses to the end.

Eddie and Patsy are funny characters and Saunders has done well bringing them to the big screen, but a movie is a little long for them. The film could easily have been a three episode special on TV, but then again it wouldn’t be Absolutely Fabulous The Movie then would it!

Absolutely Fabulous a very British Movie

Ab Fab is certainly a British movie, the sense of humour the cast and the script. Yes, it’s fun, silly and something that does entertain, but as with most TV shows made into films, it does have you thinking, “did we really need a film version of the show”.

To top it all, someone had the idea of re-doing the theme tune as well at the end of the movie! I know it’s a minor niggle but, isn’t that one of the many things that we loved about the TV show so much. Never mind I suppose when something is made into something big, the tune theme has to be bigged up as well.

So is this the end of Eddie and Patsy?

In an interview with BBC magazine, Jennifer Saunders said; “This will be the proper send off that Ab Fab needs. More or less.“, so that could be a yes or a maybe, only time could tell on this one.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham