Dysfunctional butcher's shop assistants Bjarne and Svend are
fed up with their boss and decide to open their own shop.
Everything does not go as planned. Business is incredibly
slow and the duo are running out of money, and then an accidental
death occurs. One hasty decision leads to another and soon
the business is regularly serving up 'speciality' meat known
as Chicky-Wickies. It's not long before people are coming
from miles around to sample this tasty treat. But as the media
become interested in the success of the butcher's wares, how
long before someone discovers that it's not chicken in the
Butchers (De Grønne Slagtere) is an odd movie.
Like Svend's Chicky-Wickies, all the ingredients are wrong
and the whole thing leaves a bitter after taste, but for some
reason the end result is a tasty little morsel. I loved this
film. But, when I really analyse it, it's difficult to justify
Even if you know nothing about the movie you can pretty much
guess that someone is going to get turned into meat for the
shop counter (that's a clichéd movie rule whenever
a butchers is featured in a film). League of Gentlemen
fans will no doubt draw parallels between this movie and the
Hilary Briss storyline - and rightly so. There are quite a
lot of similar elements. "Chicky-Wickies" is not
a million miles from Briss's "special stuff", and
one taste and no one can get enough of this new delicacy.
Kaas is incredibly convincing as both Bjarne and his twin
brother Eigil. It really is difficult to believe that it's
the same actor playing both roles. Mads
Mikkelsen is also fantastically creepy as Bjarne's partner
in crime Svend - although a lot of this has to do with the
fantastic makeup that gives his head a similar appearance
of the Mekon from Dan Dare. Mikkelsen also went on
to play the part of Magnus in the equally funny Torremolinos
are laughs here for everyone. There are in-your-face visual
gags, like Svend with a sausage on his head as Bjarne tells
him he has sausages on the brain, or Svend pushing a nosey
customer roughly out of the way as he tries to enter his shop.
And then there are the more subtle gags - the best being that
the movie is one great big build up to an outrageously funny
punchline. It's almost like being told one long shaggy dog
story by that slightly dotty uncle we all have.
brother also composed the music - which in places is incredibly
beautiful. Although, I did feel that he may have been inspired
a little too much by Howard Shore's music for The
Fly - there are certainly a lot of similar
include a making of featurette (25 mins); Meat is Murder,
an 11 mins look at the prosthetic and make-up effects in the
movie; and two trailers.
twist in the tale - not what you'll be expecting - will leave
you chuckling to yourself for weeks to come. The end result
is, contradictorily, a feel-good dark comedy.
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