The film takes hilarious photos at organized religion
Oh my God! This deliberately funny and lofty British comedy takes satirical punches against organized religion and comes out of the trial smelling of fire… well, if not exactly like roses, then somewhere nearby. Say Your Prayers is a clever title for this iconoclastic pilgrimage. This is what you advise someone who is about to die. Or it is a command from a believer to an unbeliever. There are both the factors in this witty and wacky comedy, so deeply insightful and pungent in its writing – hello, Harry Michell and Jamie Fraser – you just want to get your hands on the script to see which one. humor is not present. paper has been transferred to the screen.
A lot, I guess. A lot! The plot bristles with wild humor, though enveloped in astonishing grace. In the gripping opening, we meet the two heroes of the film – if that’s how we can describe the two Yorkshire siblings, one of whom is hyper-excitable and the other a little silly – who end up kill the wrong guy.
You see, brothers Vic (Tom Brooke) and Tim (Harry Melling) were tasked with exterminating anti-religion crusader John Huxley (Roger Allam). They mistake another man for their target. What follows is a melee of merry chaos with the two mismatched brothers – one who has no appetite for blood and the other who is determined to profit from his calling as an assassin – trying to redeem himself from their fanatical religious leader (veteran Derek Jacobi, fabulously suppressed- with his villainous religiosity) by finding the right murder victim and smothering him from the face of this ungodly land before he does any more harm with his anti-Christianity .
The script is a scream play. Several times, I found myself laughing at the bloodshed of the clumsy brothers. The two actors playing brothers are superb in their neurotic niche. But Harry Melling is better than Tom Brooks. Do not ask. He is fair. Say Your Prayers is a movie that doesn’t allow any questions. And he only answers the questions he chooses. Take it or leave it. Therefore, the crux of the battle between religion and its skeptics – is there a God? – is unanswered. But a side question – whether there is a God or not, people are sure to have fun at his expense – gets an exhilarating portrayal in this remarkably annoying rant on religion versus the cynic.
Among her many virtues is the female cop who is responsible for protecting the hideous anti-religion crusader. Hollywood has a long history of eccentric policewomen, Frances McDormand in Fargo being the classic case. Here she is played by Anna Maxwell Martin who seems to prefer watching Say Your Prayers at home with her feet raised and a pot of popcorn rather than being a character in the movie. Find a winner for this cheeky and deliciously irreverent comedy about God and atheists.
Directed by Harry Michell, Say Your Prayers obtains 3 stars.
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