Toronto After Dark Review: A Fantastic Fear Of Everything

Jack is paranoid someone is going to kill him in the film "A Fantastic Fear Of Everything"

Jack (Simon Pegg) is an author of children’s books who has been trying to write about Victorian serial killers. Spending every waking moment doing research has left Jack frightened of almost everything. When his agent sets up a meeting with a Hollywood executive interested in his serial killer story, Jack becomes convinced the executive is related to one of the killers he’s researching. What should be a simple meeting turns into a giant nightmare for Jack, who is forced to face all his fears. Directed by Crispian Mills  and Chris Hopewell, A Fantastic Fear Of Everything screens as part of the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

It’s hard to ignore the way this film feels like Wes Anderson and Tim Burton got together to create something, but there could be worse combinations. A Fantastic Fear Of Everything becomes hard to explain, playing somewhere between a film, a play, and a novel. Although it may not be for everyone, those who decide to give it a chance will find a very funny, and extremely odd film.

This is one of the better performances from Simon Pegg. Playing Jack, a writer, he has a way of giving everything a dramatic twist that only a writer could. No matter how meaningless a moment may be, Jack can make it seem important. Things do start out a bit slow, as Jack seems stuck in his apartment since he’s afraid of everything, but when he goes out to do some laundry, things take an hilarious turn.

Is A Fantastic Fear Of Everything Essential TADFF Viewing?

This is a tough one. There’s no way this is going to appeal to everybody. If you think that Wes Anderson and Tim Burton having a baby and calling it A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is a good idea, you’re sure to enjoy this one. It’s a bit slow to start, and much of the humour is subtle, but it still has some of the trademarks that make for a great Simon Pegg movie. Give this one a shot if you’re looking for something different at Toronto After Dark.

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything Screening Times

  • Friday, October 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

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Raised on a healthy diet of Star Wars and every horror film on a video store shelf, Will has been watching movies since before he was able to talk. Inspired by an ever growing passion for film, and the occasional mind control experiment, Will began writing film review on his personal blog, The Film Reel. When the mind control experiments actually worked, he was able to secure a position with Toronto Film Scene. He now waits patiently in the TFS basement for October to come every year, when his love for horror films finally pays off.

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