Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee Review: Rapidly Made Rap Film
Shot for less than fifty thousand pounds in just five days, Shane Meadows new mock rockumentary is a lightly amusing piece of cinema.
The essence of the film is simply its sheer slap-dash nature, and measuring it against Meadows’ other work could be seen as missing the point of the whole piece to some degree.
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee is a largely improvised film which follows two characters – the wannabe music promoter and faux rock ‘n’ roll guru Donk, played by Meadows’ long-serving buddy Paddy Consadine, and Scor-zay-zee, a wittily-named young rapper with little talent.
Both are clowns in their own special way and as they attempt to forge their way and get ahead in the world of music, even their social ineptitude does not stop us warming to them inexorably.
Despite his seniority, the former is the bigger clutz of the two, and he shouts at his ex-girlfriend’s new fella, calls a bunch of Scor-zay-zee’s new friends ‘slags’ and generally makes an arse of himself wherever he goes. But his habit of apologising for his foolish misdemeanours is quite disarming, and by the end we are rooting for him.
Essentially, Donk is a middle-aged ex-roadie who has found his final shot at the big time in the tubby ‘Scorz’, and we are pleased to see the pair’s hapless attempts to blag an opening slot at an Arctic Monkeys gig pay-off – even if it means listening to Donk’s torturous singing.
Such is the rudimentary nature of the footage that Meadows ends up being a part-time counsellor at one stage and gets some serious screen-time as he gives out relationship advice before handling a tantrum over hotel bookings.
While this is not laugh-out-loud funny, it definitely has it’s moments and one scene in which Donk battles to cope with his pregnant ex-girlfriend banning him from the birth of their child is particularly chucklesome.
There’s also a great moment when they are drifting-off in their caravan on the eve of the gig. As Donk laments his most recent failed relationship he tells his partner that he has never been talented, has hung on the coat tails of others and that Scorz will be the real star.
Although it might leave a few people slightly confused, within its special niche, the film will be received as both funny and extremely rewarding.
Definitely a refined taste, but Shane Meadows fans should lap it up.