Thing is, I've seen this film about and around for years and years. I've always been amused by seeing Simm on the cover. I was interested in seeing it, but not enough to actually rent or buy it. And I finally took the step today.
I liked it. It is, without a doubt, the most animated I've ever seen John Simm. And he still reminded me a bucketload of Simon Pegg - even more so, in fact. It felt very much like that episode of Spaced where they go out clubbing. I really liked the use of narration in the film, though it was patchy in parts - I thought there either should have been more shown from different perspectives, or less. The use of the camera was brilliant. I loved those scenes where what you were seeing felt wrong - like when Jip and Koop are leaning over the coffee table and you're seeing through it, but you only really realise this when you see Koop is doing lines right in front of you. I really liked Jip, who was manic, and amusing, and generally just fun to watch. I kind of adore it when John speaks with that higher voice.
I couldn't really relate to any of the characters, because I've never gone close to that scene. I am not a party-goer, raver or drug-taker. I'm just not. And part of me is insanely proud of this - because that stuff will fuck you up, and I'm already neurotic and not right in the head as it is, thanks. Hell, I've never even been drunk. But part of me thinks I'm missing out on some of those life experiences you need to have had in order to be a functioning human being. So it's weird to watch something like that, having absolutely no real idea of what it feels like - like looking through a magnifying glass at a whole new world.