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George Grossmith created a work of genius. Charles Pooter is the archetype lower middle class Victorian. He strives to raise his status, never succeeding. He grovels before his superiors and patronizes those one rung below him on the social ladder. He is vain, silly, ineffectual and absolutely endearing. The book's illustrations (by Weedon Grossmith)are delightful and bring the pages to life. The television show, faithfully adapted from their work, manages to capture the book's charm and its humor. There is not one minute that's not worth seeing.
Poor old Pooter. Life at The Laurels, a charming name given to an ordinary little bungalow in the unprepossessing suburb of Brickfield Terrace, is mostly disappointing. Things rarely go right for Mr. P. His son is not only a disappointment to him, he is also more successful. His job as a mid-level clerk in a small investment firm brings him some satisfaction, although he is the frequent target of his colleagues' jokes and paper missiles. Even so, Pooter is always optimistic, always eager to elevate his status. His genuine respect and admiration for his employer Mr. Perkupp is as touching as his supercilious and doomed attempts to lord it over tradesmen and delivery boys are funny.
Hugh Bonneville is excellent in what cannot have been an easy role to play or an easy task to undertake. This is a one-man show. We see Pooter at home and in various locations--his office, a somewhat seedy beach hotel--as he narrates his daily life and shares his jokes with us. Mostly daily life is better in the anticipation than reality...and isn't that the way real life sometimes works?Read more ›
I can not imagine "THE DIARY OF A NOBODY" being as funny without hearing and seeing Pooter (Hugh Bonneville) presenting the diary in dialogue. It's strictly British humor, but at it's Victorian finest. Bonneville's ability to project emotion and expressions is near perfection. Hugh Bonneville can say as much with a lifted eyebrow, an eye roll, a gesture, or a voice change, as what is provided in the script.
In Pooter's written (spoken in this DVD version) accounts, he makes the occasional joke--usually unappreciated by others. A time or two Pooter laughs so hard at his own merriment that he resembles Red Skelton's famous moments of belly-laughing at his own humor.
Pooter loves his 'Home Sweet Home' which is near the rail tracks. He had just moved into the new rental as the diary began, April of 1891. The diary ends in May of 1892. The home is called The Laurels (even though it has no laurels growing, but Pooter and his wife, Carrie, might plant some). It is London, suburbia, Victorian, and the train traffic makes the house quake frequently. But Pooter adjusts. The many views of the 6 or 7 rooms, as well as Pooter's employment location, provides a complete, delightful look at London Victorian living in a middle-class dwelling.Read more ›
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Fantastic! Hugh Bonneville at his best. Though it's funny, very funny, the hopes, frustrations,and need to be seen as 'somebody' are quite apparent.Published 14 months ago by Annie
Without any slight to the dramatic talent of Hugh Bonneville, this film offers convincing proof that "The Diary of a Nobody" is impossible to translate to the medium of film. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by J. Michael
The book THE DIARY OF A NOBODY is hilariously funny. However, despite the earnest attempt by the film maker, somehow an awful lot of the humor was lost in the single actor... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Johanna Hurwitz