Fellow UK comedian Jim Field Smith directed James Corden, James Cosmo (Battle of Britain, Highlander, Braveheart Trainspotting) and Imelda Staunton (Up The Garden Path, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Vera Drake) in this humorous short film.
Premiered online November 16, 2007, you can watch the 20-minute
Where Have I been All Your Life on the BBC Film Network.
Review after the jump.
Although the story tried to be more surprising than it actually was,
outstanding dialog and acting really made this an enjoyable
film to watch.
The dichotomy of humor derrived from tense, potentially serious subjects suits James’s acting style and comedic timing perfectly. The dialog and the way it is delivered by all of the actors is spot-on. I won’t spoil any of the plot twists (even though many viewers could probably guess what they will be), but will say the expression on
James Corden’s face in the final scene is classic.
My only complaint would be the size/quality of the video. It’s 2008 –
we shouldn’t have to watch grainy, blurry, postage-stamp sized video
the same way we did in 1998. Unless Jim Field Smith filmed this
using a mobile phone, BBC should get with the times and post decent quality content.