Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story
After being shunned by the BBC because he wouldn't read from the script, and then sacked by a Pirate Radio station because he pissed off the church; who in their right minds would love camp-comical DJ, Kenny Everett (Oliver Lansley)? Yes. I know that his parents, Lily and Tom (Angela Lonsdale and Tony Pitts), love him. But I was thinking more along the lines of Lee Middleton (Katherine Kelly).
Wait a minute! You know who Lee is, right? She's the bohemian model that takes a liking to our Kenny nigh on straight away. Heck, Lee even goes so far as to marry this clown, although deep down inside her she knows he's a bit of a poof. Still, that doesn't worry her all that much. Or the fact that Ken keeps on bucking the system, chopping and changing radio stations due to his rebellious ways and raunchy leanings.
However, at the end of a two year sabbatical in the countryside, Kenny's life starts to change when he comes' face to face with Dick. That's Dickie Attenborough (Simon Callow) of course. The thespian. The raconteur. And the very nice chap who gets Kenny a job on a new
radio station, thus thrusting him into infamy and beyond.
Granted, not exactly 'infamy' per-say. Though I suppose that is why what next transpires kicks off when Kenny make a pass at a straight-man and annoys his wife in one single stroke. As television acts as a vice - Freedom has a price - its not easy coming clean - and who would have guessed that Kenny was a close friend of Queen (James Floyd).
Now f*ck off.
Now like many other people who grew up in
during the eighties, I just loved watching Kenny Everett on the television. He
was irreverent. He was current. He was a nutter. And his cast of characters
were so outrageous to the ear and to the eye, that a fool like me found it just
irresistible to imitate him whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Picture the scene.
The mid-nineties. Studying at university. And desperately needing a part-time job, just to
stay afloat. Then, one day, a mate of mine told me that a cafe nearby needed a
waiter, prompting me to go to this establishment and apply for job there. However,
when I met the lady-boss who was in charge of recruitment, I was slightly taken
back when she told me; she was only willing to employ ladies in this post. Ops!
Wrong move. Because me being me, the very next day I channeled the spirit of
Everett, and returned at this 'fine eatery' dresses as a woman -- beard and all
-- and... err... lets just say I found our confrontation very funny indeed. Not the
lady-boss or any of her customers. Granted. Still, tough sh*t, huh?
Please allow me to tell you why in bullet point form. (1) Now like some of the more recent bio-pics -- like 'Nowhere Boy' or 'Rather You Than Me' -- this film manages to do three things in hindsight. Firstly, it tells an origin story whilst not being too fractured in tone. Secondly, it tells a 'coming of age' tale, without it feeling too melancholy or over-dramatized. And thirdly, it allows the characters to just be, without empathizing a judgmental stance on their thoughts or their actions. (3) Although this film mainly focuses on Kenny's relationship with his wife, Lee, that is not to say that certain 'key moments' of his career were left by the wayside. Granted, I would have liked to have seen more of Kenny's disagreements with the BBC and LWT, as well as his other relationships too. Nonetheless, we would have needed more than 90 minutes for all of that, right? (4) By in large all of the actors pulled off some very memorial performances in this flick. James Floyd channels Queen so well, that I knew who he was before he even opened his mouth. Katherine Kelly channels such a beautiful version of a mank Avant-Garde Paris Hilton -- with some real character behind her -- that I couldn't help but fall in love with this creation straight away. And even though I thought Oliver Lansley wasn't one hundred percent Ken -- apart from in those 'insert scenes' -- he still had an
All in all 'Best Possible Taste - The Kenny Everrett Story' is a marvellous movie, and is a must see for any fan of the man, his style of comedy, or relationships with some real heart behind them. Don't you agree Ken?
Bless you crazy Ken. You won't be forgotten.
THE RATING: A