movie: A Fantastic Fear of Everything
starring: Simon Pegg, Clare Higgins
genre: Comedy, Crime,
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A writer, who is trying to break away from children's stories and write true crime, becomes afraid of everything during the weeks he's researching. After his editor tells him he needs to do his laundry in order to meet a publisher, he admits he finally has to face his biggest fear, the laundromat. Once there, he admits his fear is rooted in a major childhood trauma of the day his mother abandoned him. He soon finds himself arrested, kidnapped and almost murdered.
Okay, I love pretty much anything that has Simon Pegg in it. This starts off with the feel of a stage play, as the first half is almost all Pegg with little interaction from anyone else. I loved the odd, but very British touch of the clay animation near the end of the film when his character is trying to subdue the kidnapper with one of his children's stories.
The mind of a writer can be a strange and unnaturally illogical place at any given time, and this film nails that to the dart board, with every little paranoid twitch Pegg plays, including super gluing a large knife to his hand.
There seemed to be a slight nod to The Secret Window by Stephen King, with the beginning of madness expressed by the Pegg character, and his unwillingness to go outside for the first half.