Mumbo Jumbo, available on DVD (Britain only- many American DVD
support region-free play) is a very silly, very British film. For
those of you who may be fans of Monty Python, Black Adder, Are you Being Served? etc etc... check it out. The rest of
you may find the humor and tone a bit lost on you.
The film itself features several well-known Brits, including Joss
Ackland, John Inman, Brian Blessed, and Sylvester McCoy. And of course,
Richard. All of whom you'll find pictures of within these pages (but
naturally mostly of Richard...) with the decided exception of Mr.
McCoy, because well, being a Dr. Who fan... I can't stand him.
story revolves around Thomas Doubting, whose name is indicative of
his condition...he's going nowhere fast. That's when he happens upon
a strange homeless man with a shopping cart. (Who, in perfect American
English accent asks Thomas to "Give us the wrench". The
accent is willing but the idioms are weak...) There he receives a
small, heart-shaped amulet and a newspaper ad for a missing princess-
with a hefty reward for finding her. Thomas heads to the island of
Sinmouth, and finds it's strange and quirky residents who believe
him to be "the mumbo jumbo", a magical creature summoned
by them to restore their town to it's former glory.
Meanwhile, the princess- who is naturally being held captive by a
baddie- in this case Lucifer Bounder (Brian Blessed) the owner of
a thriving manure plant on the outskirts of town, hears about the
Mumbo Jumbo through Bounder's assistant Archie (Richard).
Thomas takes little seriously for a while, he eventually comes to
believe that he IS the mumbo jumbo and sets out to save the town (and
incidentally, the world, as it turns out) and the princess in the
A very cute little movie, in my opinion.
A further note to O'Brien fans... while in most of his film appearances,
Richard seems to manage to be the best-dressed cast member... don't
expect that here. His character is a foul-looking, disease-ridden
henchman. As illustrated at right. So if you watch O'Brien roles for
style and glamour, cross this one off your list.
If you (like me) really love watching him take things WAAAAAAAY over
the top (there are many times in the film when it seems he and Brian
Blessed are competing -fiercely- to see who can be more outrageous)
and mugging for the camera, check this one out, you won't be disappointed.
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