It used to be the case that I couldn't bear Mark Kermode. I don't know why but I think it might have been his face. Now I'm no Zooey Deschanel but this guy looks like Hellboy with a pompadour. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the 'do was grown and designed specifically to disguise two sawn-off horns.
These days though, I've grown to like him. He is mildly amusing and he does know his onions and he did shake my hand in the street and let me bleat about The Incredible Suit which he then singularly failed to mention in any of his media outlets, but I won't hold that against him. He did, after all, deliver this fine rantsplosion about Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, in which he literally doesn't draw breath for ten minutes:
So I was prepared to give his book a go. It's very readable - if it was a film it would have a nice low Fidgit Factor - but it's sadly not very interesting. He tells a lot of stories but only a couple of them are particularly out of the ordinary, and the rest are along the lines of how he thought he'd done something very badly but actually he'd done it very well.
He also devotes a lot of time to his working relationship with Simon Mayo as if they're the greatest double act since Laurel & Hardy, when in fact they have little to no chemistry at all. In fact I look forward to the day when he parts ways with Mayo to concentrate on presenting the BBC's Film programme. In my list of preferred presenters of that show I would happily place him below Barry Norman but above the double-glazing salesman.
If you fancy reading 'It's Only A Movie' yourself but can't be bothered, here's The Incredible Suit's abridged version:
"Hi, I'm Mark Kermode, film critic. I once had a bad experience in a car in Russia, and another time I was interviewing Werner Herzog when he got shot."
There you go, I've saved you £11.99 (RRP). If you like you can just send me a cheque to The Incredible Suit, c/o The Internets.
Also, The Exorcist: Not all that.
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