Saturday 30 March 2019

Game Boys Cinematic Universe - Melbourne International Comedy Festival review

I have a confession to make: I have only been to two theme parks in my entire life and one of those has been Luna Park. So I was filled with much excitement as I entered Game Boys Cinematic Universe, a comedic pastiche to theme parks of the 90s, particularly those with a focus on film and the cinematic experience, such as Movie World. We are welcomed by our hosts, brothers Eden and Josh Porter (Game Boys) and before we know it, we are strapped in for our Backlot Tour of Game Boys Studios.

Game Boys Cinematic Universe is highly interactive with audience participation but the Game Boys duo are so extremely charming and friendly that you end up wanting to participate. The attention to detail in what a theme park should look and feel like and the dedication the two have in their characters allows the audience to be swept away by the entire adventure. Inspired use of AV technology ensures the exaggerated scenarios they take us through, including the sound studios where Hans Zimmer is hard at work, strengthen the world that is being presented to us.

This is a show full of surprises as the pair perform sketches focusing on the TV and film industry while parodying various media platforms. In once instance we are audience members in Who Wants To Be A Studio Executive and must determine which of the films displayed on the screen have grossed more at the box office. We are also given a crash course on how sound effects are created in films as well as going through a ruthless audition process for a TV commercial. The callbacks are clever and unexpected and highlight the skill the Game Boys have in being able to perform their show as it is still being created.

Game Boys have premiered five works at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This is the first time I have seen them and I am now kicking myself for missing out on their previous productions. Game Boys Cinematic Universe is a masterstroke in comedy with plenty of laughs while making some interesting comments about the film industry.


Venue: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Season: Until 7 April, Tues - Sat 7:15pm, Sun 6:15pm
Length: 50 minutes 
Tickets: $29 Full | $25 Conc and Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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