The tragic tale of two young brothers, separated by the death of their parents and their subsequent adoption. Little brother, Sebastian, played by Mark Strong, is adopted by a wealthy couple from London. Brought up with many opportunities, Sebastian becomes a world class MI6 agent. His older brother Nobby, Sacha Baron Cohen, on the other hand…
While, to begin with, Grimsby looks like a fantastic spy movie, filled with deception, intrigue, and amazing action packed fight scenes that are guaranteed to make your head spin, it’s not long before Sacha Baron Cohen’s influence makes itself known. The transition from serious spy movie to crass Baron Cohen comedy really does leave you with a feeling of whiplash.
At times, it’s hard to know if you want to laugh, cry, or be mortified by some of the situations these brothers find themselves in. Although Grimsby is very much made to look like a spoof spy movie, it is definitely not for the faint of heart. And if you don’t find much comedic value in Baron Cohen’s other exploits, like Borat, Bruno, and The Dictator, you probably won’t find much joy in this.
This particular movie, much like its sandal and sock wearing leading man, is something that many are just going to have to make their own opinion about.