A Fantastic Fear of Everything – Simon Pegg, A Stuffed Hedgehog & A Launderette?

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Please forgive me if it seems I’m pushing the limits by including this on Three if by Space, but I do feel imminently qualified as my wife has been saying for years that I’m an expert at pushing her.  While she may be referring to the limits of her patience, her ability to resist strangling me and so on, there is at least some precedence here.

In all fairness this quirky British film has elements of fantasy and the most important element of all: Simon Bloody Pegg! (Okay, that’s not his real middle name, but it should be.)  The rule is, if it’s Simon Pegg it’s welcome.  There’s plenty-o-Pegg here, boys and girls.

 

The trailer makes this look strangely surreal, unusually odd and frighteningly funny.  Pegg plays a children’s author who decides to try a change of career and takes a stab at writing a Victorian murder mystery.  Once he starts down this path he begins to experience bouts of crippling anxiety and fear of almost everything.  At the core of his problems seems to be a cute hedgehog which has risen from the pages of his children’s story and into reality.  Or at least’s our protagonist’s view of reality.

The official synopsis for A Fantastic Fear of Everything goes something like this:

Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children’s author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his ‘big break’ rapidly turns into his ‘big breakdown’, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.

 

After that funnily fearsome feast of fancy you’d think it’s all good, right?  Well, here’s the bad news.  Even though the film is scheduled for release in the UK on June 8, 2012, it currently has no scheduled US release.  On the bright side, between this film’s inventive story and Pegg’s immense popularity it’s extremely likely we’ll get a chance to see it stateside soon.  Personally, I’d like to see a US release held off until the glut of summer blockbusters has passed.  This would make a wonderful diversion come early fall when the offering of new films slows a bit.

Do yourself a favor and follow along on Simon Pegg’s Twitter feed.

Tom Gardiner