The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

DVD - 2017
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It is the story of a poet who is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles. The disgruntled, cantankerous, semi-famous poet Ted Wallace is hired to investigate strange doings at Lord and Lady Logan's country manor, Swafford Hall.
Publisher: Culver City, CA :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION HIP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jan 07, 2019

A bit disappointing, but it is worth a look. The Hippopotamus is quite eccentric, but it is all over the place without a good balance in the storytelling. It does not have a clear identity of being a comedy, or a mystery, or a movie about divinity, or supernatural. It falls short when trying to mix all these genres. The acting of the younger people (actors) is NOT good, but the rest of the cast is excellent. It is interesting (perhaps not so much as a movie, but as a book?).

Jul 18, 2018

This is a wonderful little English mystery/comedy based on the story by Stephen Fry of the same name. I didn't read the book but the director was kind enough to insert the main character's thoughts (which were the bulk of the humor provided by Mr. Fry) into the narrative. The story revolves around a Mr. Ted Wallace (Roger Allam), noted English poet but now jaded, soon-to-be-ex theater critic, who upon reaching his unemployability gets a one time private detective gig from his estranged, rich daughter Jane, to investigate "miracles" at Swafford Hall, home to his brother-in-law. The "miracles" turn out to be magical healing by the manor's son, David and Ted is to verify that he can cure Jane of her leukemia. Knowing Stephen Fry and his penchant for debunking pseudoscience and religious claims, the outcome is not surprising but the cast, especially Roger, do a wonderful job of keeping things light and funny.

Sep 11, 2017

I'm at a loss as to what to say about this movie. It is very strange but you may enjoy it with a few big "ifs"--as in:

* if you like quirky British comedies. This is very quirky indeed.
* if you are a Stephen Fry fan. I am and the dialogue here won't disappoint.
* if you are a Roger Allam fan. I love him in Endeavor and he is perfect here.
* if you don't mind some profanity and raunchy behavior. Has it in spades.

So consider yourself warned, but may be worth a look/see.

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