Men & Chicken Movie Review
I’m not sure what I just watched, but I kind of liked it. Men & Chicken, a weird, Danish comedy about weird, Danish people, stars David Dencik and Mads Mikkelsen as a pair of deformed, awkward brothers who discover the truth about their deformed, awkward family.
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling and Nicolas Bro also star as another trio of hillbilly-esque brothers.
What drugs writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen was on when he wrote this film we’ll never know, but they had to be good ones: Men & Chicken is one of the more inventive, unique movies you’ll see all year. Funny but in more an offbeat, who-the-hell-thought-of-this kind of way, the movie is alluring thanks to the creative writing and all-in performances by the cast.
All five of the lead actors are perfect in their respective roles. Nearly unrecognizable under award-winning makeup work, the actors tackle their ingeniously off-putting characters with gusto. While Mikkelsen is by far the best known actor of the bunch, the entire lot is terrific.
Of course, Men & Chicken isn’t for everyone. The movie takes some interesting turns in the final act that don’t always work, though Jensen wisely stays committed to the weird characters and weird story he lays out, refusing to go the traditional route at any point.
Men & Chicken isn’t a comedy classic—it’s certainly not a traditional comedy—but if you’re looking for something a bit different (and don’t mind subtitles), look no further.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.