Alan Dee’s movie preview: Harry Hill versus Moshi Monsters. Fiiiight!
But you can’t help thinking that whoever gave the green light to a cinema showcase for the surreal comedy of Harry Hill didn’t really know what they were letting themselves in for.
The speccy silliness of the presenter with colossal collars was deployed to gigglesome effect on TV Burp and You’ve Been Framed.
But before he made those gigs his own, Harry was better known as a Marmite man of mirth – just as many people hated his wilful whimsy as bought in to his flights of fancy.
And that’s the Harry that’s up on screen in The Harry Hill Movie, desperately described as a madcap road trip but looking a little ragged around the edges.
Our hero wants to give his beloved hamster a special treat before the poorly pet dies, so he heads off to Blackpool with deranged nan (Julie Walters) in tow, pursued by a demented vet (Simon ‘Inbetweeners geek’ Bird).
Matt Lucas, Sheridan Smith and lots of other familiar Brit faces also crop up in a fitful feature which will probably baffle those who only know Harry’s humour from his high-profile TV duties.
If that’s not to your taste, then...well, hard luck. The only other offering slated for general release is Moshi Monsters, another spin off and one that is guaranteed to give you a headache.
All six brightly-coloured monsters from the online game beloved of youngsters all over the world – 80 million registered users, mind – are packed into an odd and irritating adventure which will baffle anyone with an age that has hit double figures.
You may also get the chance for something improving for all the family – Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is a spin-off from the hit BBC series and much more worthy that the Moshi Monsters mash-up.