Showing on Amazon Prime Video.
Written and directed by Ninian Doff, Get Duked fits into that very British mould of off the wall, low budget comedy thriller/horror. Set in the unlikely context of the Duke of Edinburgh award, we centre on a misfit group of four teenage boys dropped into the Scottish highlands for a few days of orienteering, camping and teamwork. What the boys stumble upon is a drug filled scottish highland farmer community and a plot by the local landed gentry to use the D of E youngsters as hunting prey to cull society’s poor for the good of the species!
The film plays out with the same off the wall silliness that the plot suggests it should, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s also not the only thing, the film also delivers a nice look at the relationships of the boys, a subtle look at how they play against their stereotypes and a nice dose of social commentary with Doff doing a good job of balancing this throughout the film.
Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon and Lewis Gribben give us four engaging and believable central characters who never over play the farcical situations they find themselves in and with some nicely toned comedy cameos (Alice Lowe particularly) around them it all adds up to an enjoyable 87 minutes.
It’s not perfect, it feels a little all over the place at times and not all the jokes land, but for a bit of budget comedic fun, it delivers plenty to enjoy and is much smarter than many a high profile comedy that come nowhere near the subtlety, humour or social commentary that this does.
It’s 87 minutes long, there is plenty to enjoy and enough good things in it to overcome its faults.