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Review: Spud 3: Learning To Fly

The crazy 8 are back to their usual shenanigans.

Starring: John Cleese and Troye Sivan

Plot: As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life’s most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. ‘I’m practically a man in most areas,’ writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends. Spud’s world has never seemed less certain; he attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat. Also – his scholarship is on the line!

Remarks: This instalment of Spud is exactly what you would expect from these crazy school kids. Raids, girls and crazy adventures. The film’s aren’t masterpieces, but it’s some light-hearted fun which sees how South Africa was changing and evolving in the early 1990’s. Again, John Cleese is the highlight in the film which, surprisingly, is not that different to the previous two. Troye Sivan, however, has improved dramatically as an actor but unfortunately that can’t be said for newcomer Caspar Lee (who was obviously only added to the cast because of his already big profile). Alex McGregor, however, has stepped up her game and she’s flourishing into a fantastic actress as well. That being said, the film is silly, fun, crazy and unpredictable which is why it’s a great way to forget all your worried in the world and take and hour and a half out for yourself. It was a nice seeing the kids trying to upstage each other in the hopes of becoming prefects this time around as well. The harsh truth is that this film can’t compete with the blockbusters that are releasing soon such as The Hobbit, Hunger Games etc, but if you’re bored one evening, do the right thing and support local!

Rating: 3/5

Spud 3: Learning To Fly releases on November 28th, 2014.

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