Stella Street (1/10)
by Tony Medley
I have always liked
impersonators, from Vaughn Meador to Rich Little to Billy Crystal and
on. So I was looking forward to Stella Street, which is based on
a BBC2 episodic parody that has run for four seasons. Mick Jagger and
Keith Richards run a corner shop; Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino hang out;
Michael Caine acts sort of a master of ceremonies.
The cast is
comprised of two men, actor/impressionists Phil Cornwell and John
Sessions. This, I thought, was going to be fun.
Was it? Two people
walked out of the screening in the first half hour and the man sitting
next to me slept through it. I wondered why it didnít work. For one
thing, the impersonators arenít very good at capturing the
celebrityís voices and mannerisms. Michael Caine comes across OK, but
the rest didnít even seem close to me. And, except for Caine, they
donít come close to any physical resemblance.
When it doesnít
work, it doesnít work, and thereís really nothing more to be said.
October 19, 2004