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Ruben Guthrie - Film Review

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Published July 13th 2015
Rubén Guthrie Brendan Cowell Film Cinema
Patrick Brammall as Rubén Guthrie's title character

As a lover of Australian film and television, I was excited to see the film production of Ruben Guthrie, which was formerly a stage play written by Brendan Cowell.

The film, starring Patrick Brammall, focuses on a 29 year old man, who after being successful in his advertising career, is constantly living the high life. He takes heavily to the bottle, and one of the first scenes, shows him jumping off his roof and into his pool, where he breaks his arm. This in turn leads to a turn of events, which set the story into play.

His fiancée, played by Abbey Lee, decides she has had enough and tells him to go a year without alcohol, before trying to find her in her home, back in Prague. The film itself, is a clever look at Australia and its drinking culture. There is no denying that as Australians, we have a heavy culture, that proudly encourages everyone to drink. And Ruben Guthrie certainly does take a good look at this.

Whilst many of the performances throughout the film are brilliant, such as Patrick Brammall's portrayal of Ruben and his journey, and Alex Dimitriades' as his gay best friend, overall, the film did feel it was lacking in some points. The character's transformation and constant battle with the bottle is entertaining to watch, with elements of darkness, but if you are looking for a feel good film, this is not for you.

The ending as well, also leaves one slightly baffled as to what happens. Overall, it was enjoyable, but would probably not go out of my way to see it again. I give this film a 3 out of 5.
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