The turbulent collaboration between legendary British comedy duo Dudley Moore and Peter Cook is explored in this biographical feature that traces the career of the pair from their early days in the groundbreaking Beyond the Fringe comedy troupe to their later status as foul-mouthed filth kings Derek and Clive. From the moment Moore (Aidan McArdle) and Cook (Rhys Ifans) met as undergraduate students, their comic sensibilities were perfectly intertwined. Though in public their remarkable wit and uncanny sense of timing would gain the pair international acclaim, when the bright lights of the stage went dim, Cook and Moore were burning from the inside with bitter resentment. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
For any of us old-timers who remember the ground-breaking British review "Beyond the Fringe," & the four funny fellows who created it (Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore), NOT ONLY BUT ALWAYS--made for British television--should be an eye-opening remembrance of (good) things past. Based partly on Cook's biography, & well written/directed by Terry Johnson, this is one of those warts-&-all movie bios, accomplished with biting sarcasm, lots of wit and elliptical scenes that move back and forth in time, slowly progressing onwards & downwards. Framed by the ghostly duo of Cook and Moore in a cinema, watching their lives unspool, the movie immediately tosses you into the midst of things and thus takes some getting used to. Stick with it; the rewards are great. Rhys Ifans (Cook) gets better with each new role and relative newcomer Aidan McArdle ("Ella Enchanted") makes a terrific Moore. The witty, understated ending--given all that's gone before--is supremely moving.