SXSW Festival: ‘Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break’ Review

Director: Nick Gillespie
Cast: Tom Meeten, Kris Marshall, Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Kevin Bishop, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Jarred Christmas, Mandeep Dhillon, Pippy Haywood, Craig Parkinson, Steve Brody, Neil Edmond, Lloyd Griffith,
Synopsis: A weedy charity-shop worker is set on winning the big national talent show. But when the actions of 5 selfish people cause him to miss his audition, he sets out to seek deathly revenge. It’s 1 lunch break, 5 spectacular murders.

If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged. – Margaret Atwood

We meet Paul, an older quirky man who has tons of grit, and it’s flamboyant. While he is at work, his friend tells him that the talent show he wanted to try out was today and not next week when he thought. Paul rushes home, grabs his mom, and heads to the competition.

The journey to the venue was a long one, and upon him arriving, he stumbles across Jack, and he begins his audition, and it didn’t go as expected. Jack destroys Paul’s performance. Shortly after, his mother passes, and Paul isn’t the same.

Next is where the movie takes a twisted turn, and Paul wants to make people pay for their actions. Although Paul does commit some crimes along the way, you can help but enjoy the journey.

Tom Meeten was magnificent as Paul Dood. He radiated the energy and charisma needed to pull off this outlandish role. I can’t tell you how many times Meeten had me dying of laughter.

As we reach the closing of the movie, we root for Paul, which can seem strange because of what happened. But ultimately, the trio of writers and Nick Gillespie’s direction make this uncharacteristic story work in a way that you feel that empathy towards Paul.

‘Tom Meeten steals the show as ‘Pau Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break is one of the years funniest movies.’

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