October 22nd 2007
By Fiona Mountford
two-dimensional, four-frame, multi-character cartoon strip into a 3D monologue
is no enviable task. Yet if you've managed to secure Robert Bathurst as your
unashamedly unreconstructed investment banker anti-hero, the chances of success
So it proves for Charles Peattie and Russell
Taylor, as they shift their popular skewering of the foibles of high finance
from the pages of the Daily Telegraph to the stage.
since Cold Feet has cornered the market in amiable arrogance, is dream casting
as Alex, the City high flier who loves his work as long as it's someone else
Director Phelim McDermott has opted for a slick mixture
of animation and live action; digital projections on various screens set scenes
and introduce characters, but Bathurst supplies all the voices.
It's the acuity of Peattie and Taylor's everyday musings about big business that
has guaranteed the cartoon's longevity but here this is occasionally subsumed by
an onslaught of narrative.
An awful lot happens to poor Alex in
just 75 minutes, but Bathurst's smoothy-chops charm holds everything together