Review: Le Donk and Scor Zay Zee
This film has been ruminating in my head for the last few days as I’ve been trying to think of an approach to review the film. I didn’t want to be overly harsh or critical of the film but at the same time could not think of a single redeeming feature. It’s an utter bore that is all the more disappointing as it features some considerable British talent both behind and in front of the camera.
The film is a mockumentary in a similar vein to This is Spinal Tap! but I’m sure that’s where the similarities stop because whereas while that film is considered to be a classic, Le Donk is dour with very little merit. It functions as a shabby collection of scenes with a weak through-line that more often than not fails to engage.
The film follows Le Donk, a failed musician (played by Considine) and his sidekick, rapper Scor-zay-zee (Dean Palinczuk) as they attempt to hit the big time. They’re followed by a documentary crew headed by Shane Meadows (in a rather meta move, the director of the film is the director the documentary), following the life of Le Donk in his attempts to be the introductory act for the Arctic Monkeys.
It’s unsurprising to find out that it was shot over the period of five days and that the dialogue was improvised. It feels sporadic, loose in both its dialogue and storytelling. It misses a sense of structure/spine and if Le Donk is meant to be that spine – and he is – it’s a flaccid and unmemorable one. As a character Le Donk is a loser although he’s not acutely aware of this. Life has passed him by and he has very little to show for it.
His former girlfriend Olivia (Olivia Colman) is having his baby with another man. He lives with his dad who’s inebriated in some form or another and his life consists of him moaning and generally being a bit of a dick.
It’s probably because of his dickishness that Le Donk is such an uninteresting character. Each scene occurs in a predictable manner with him being the verbal and physical antagonist in most scenes and only interested in his own opinion. Constantly confrontational with Olivia’s new boyfriend, scenes I’m sure are meant to be funny but barely register as such, you’ll begin to wonder why the film is stuck in this mind-numbing routine and when it’ll ever rise above it. When his eventual emotional epiphany is reached it’s flat and uninvolving.
Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee is not a film I hated but it is a slog to get though. Considering the talent I really expected better than the bore-fest that was served.