New to UK home video is the Danish black comedy, Another Round. The movie follows a group of school teachers who embark on a drinking experiment with disastrous consequences.
In the movie, best pals Martin, Tommy, Peter, and Nikolaj are enjoying dinner together when they begin to discuss the theory that people are born with a blood alcohol content deficiency. The theory – which originated by psychiatrist Finn Skårderud – suggests those who correct this deficiency (which is said to be 0.05%), and then maintain it, will find they become a far more creative person.
A short while later, the group put the theory to the test, by increasing the amount of alcohol in their system and keeping it at a set level. In turn, they experience improvements at home, as well as at work, and discover that life is far more fun.
Believing that more alcohol could only make things better, the friends decide to increase their consumption further. However, what begins as an exercise in curiosity soon descends into dependency, with alcoholism taking over and their lives heading in the wrong direction.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, and Lars Ranthe. The movie is available to buy through digital platforms from today, with a DVD and Blu-ray release following on Monday September 27th.
Whether you buy Another Round on digital or physical media, or you wait for the film to turn up on one of the many streaming services in the fullness of time, ensure it remains on your radar – this is a movie to watch. The premise is intriguing, the story maintains momentum, and the journey is fascinating.
The film boasts a first-rate turn from Mads Mikkelsen, who excels in the role of Martin – a run-down teacher, who finds a new lease of life, by becoming permanently pissed. It’s a life-style choice I’m sure many of us have considered, but none make it seem so appealing as Mikkelsen does.
Whether he’s playing a Bond villain on the big screen, a cannibal on the small screen, or he’s flogging beer in commercials, I’d pretty much watch anything with Mads Mikkelsen in it. He’s a dependable actor, who always gives a great turn no matter the role, and this film is no exception.
As Martin, he plays someone who feels as if he is merely existing, rather than living. Martin’s teaching career is circling the drain, his relationship with is family is only so-so, his zest for life has almost gone, and Mikkelsen portrays this perfectly.
He captures that feeling you get when you reach a certain age and you realise life has become something very different to what you imagined. It’s a sobering situation, that many of us have shared, and it’s interesting to watch it play out on screen, through an actor who knows exactly how to pitch his performance just right.
So, come for the premise, but stay for Mikkelsen. And then prepare to enjoy everything else, because there really is a lot to enjoy in this movie.
From watching the early stages of the experiment, where things are going well for the friends, through to the latter stages, where everything begins to fall apart, the movie is always absorbing.
At no point did I ever lose interest on what was being put on screen. In fact, I could have watched Mikkelsen and Co getting drunk for another couple of hours, because that’s how good the film is.
It felt real. It felt entirely believable. It was at times brilliant, and at other times mildly depressing.
This is a film which manages to walk a fine line between happiness and sadness, offering up both humour and pathos. There are scenes that will elicit a laugh, while others will bring an overwhelming feeling of sorrow.
One moment I felt as if I wanted to knock back three large whiskey sours and hit the town for an afternoon getting hammered, while the next moment I never wanted to drink again. The story touches upon the highs and lows of alcohol and conveys the all-important message that everything should be approached in moderation, or the imbalance will bite you on the ass.
If you couldn’t already tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Another Round is intoxicating, compelling, and bloody brilliant from start to finish.
Everything about Another Round works; from the cinematography through to the lighting, and from the pacing through to the tone, and so much more. Director Thomas Vinterberg understands his film inside out, how to put it on the screen, and how to keep the audience watching.
Out of the 100+ movies I’ve so far reviewed in 2021, Another Round is easily amongst my favourites. It isn’t a huge blockbuster, a toe-tapping musical, or a rib-tickling farce – Another Round is a journey through the good and bad side of life, portrayed with an excellent cast and an eye for detail.
As a reminder, should you want to check it out, Another Round is available to buy through all of the major entertainment retailers, including Amazon US and Amazon UK. But if buying isn’t your thing, then just keep it in mind for future consumption.
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