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The Hippopotamus

Disgraced poet Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracles.

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Release : 2017
Rating : 6.4
Studio : Electric Shadow Company, 
Crew : Art Direction,  Production Design, 
Cast : Matthew Modine Fiona Shaw Geraldine Somerville Roger Allam John Standing
Genre : Comedy

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Arianna Moses

Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.

Kaydan Christian

A terrific literary drama and character piece that shows how the process of creating art can be seen differently by those doing it and those looking at it from the outside.


There are moments in this movie where the great movie it could've been peek out... They're fleeting, here, but they're worth savoring, and they happen often enough to make it worth your while.


Thoroughly surprised that I enjoyed this.... Brill


This is a thoroughly enjoyable film. Surfing Netflix for something decent to watch when I chanced upon The Hippopotomus, having not heard of it. What a nice surprise! Delightfully funny and tender, without being soppy. The narrative was pure Frye and so funny. So nice to not be bored by stupid slapstick, but laugh out loud at the fab script. I just loved this film.


I was going to pass on this one based on the fact that I simply didn't find the title appealing, but when I read it was an adaptation from a book written by Stephen Fry, I simply had to watch it.I really enjoyed the film and the main character Ted Wallace played by Roger Allem is fantastic. As a foul mouthed, egotistical, pompous cynic he does an exceptional job. The rest of the cast is fair to good and though the its a fairly small number of characters, for the most part it works reasonably well. I would have liked to have read the book as I have a sneaking suspicion that this adaptation doesn't do it justice, which of course would be entirely understandable.Some of the characters, such as Madam Valerie and her daughter Clara, seem all to superfluous and present only in order to allow certain aspects of the plot to cone to fruition. As it stand their presence is thin and awkward, and highlights the lack of substance they have in the film. There are some issues with other characters but I'm nit picking so will leave it at that.I found it an entertaining 'whodunit' quintessentially British with as contemporary a feel as can be mustered in a great house of the rural English countryside. The script is pretty good if a tad odd and overdone in places, but nothing too serious. The direction and screenplay are also on par and the whole thing fits together quite nicely really. There was some slight discomfort in the progression of events. The most noticeable being the very sudden transition from disparaging cynic to disparaging mystery solver. It was all a bit 'Scooby Doo' in resolution and I can't help but feel some essential material that would have ensured a more natural feel ended up on the cutting room floor. in fact to be totally honest I get the feeling quite a lot of this one ended up there. Still, all in all its very good and quite enjoyable.I don't think for a moment this film will be for everyone, but for what it is, it's a pretty good piece. I definitely recommend it.


Was expecting so much better from R.Allam. His talent totally wasted on this putrefying portrayal of garbage. There is simply no rational need to offer "entertainment" of this caliber. If there is any motivation to try to influence an audience to accept nausea-inducing torridness along with cynicism about spiritual gifts it's failed miserably. Fry is allowing himself to be used by forces he doesn't understand.

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