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Want to know why Netflix is in trouble? Watch Mike Myers’ infantile new comedy

Let’s get straight to the point. No matter how much Netflix paid Mike Myers for this six-part comedy series, they should donate the same amount to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal of the Disaster Emergency Committee. Only then will this hilariously unfunny, horribly bloated, ego-driven, fecal-obsessed white elephant have a silver lining. Netflix increased our subscription fees for this? To shame.

In fairness, you can understand Netflix’s motivation — Myers hasn’t started a project of his own since 2008’s abysmal The Love Guru, and it’s now more than a decade since its heyday. A new comedy from the man who gave us Wayne’s World and Austin Powers? Why not! And you can’t blame Myers for being lured out of semi-retirement by a big, heaving sack of Netflix swag. Then, of course, there’s Netflix’s famed creative freedom. And the famous Netflix production budgets. It all unfortunately added up to a stinking broth of scatological humor, undeserved winks at the camera, and Shrek-fisted attempts at meta-humor that make Myers look like a comedic dinosaur.

The conceit – taken from a throwaway gag in Myers’ 1993 film So I Married an Ax Murderer – states that in 1347, troubled by the authorities’ belief that the Black Death was a judgment of God, a group of learned men founded The Pentaverate, a benevolent secret society bent on influencing the world. Its membership has included everyone from Darwin and Da Vinci to KFC’s Colonel Sanders and Quaker Oats Guy over the centuries. That’s one of the better jokes.

Myers, of course, plays half the characters (the man deserves credit for the sheer amount of time he must have spent fitting the prosthetics). That’s no bad thing — Myers is a gifted performer, his ability to set accents is nothing short of incredible, and the makeup work fits the gargantuan budget.

Its Pentaverate members are spot on – a Rupert Murdoch-esque Australian media mogul, a weird Russian oligarch, a grumpy old git named Lord Lordington, and bizarrely, real-life rock band executive Shep Gordon – and it’s impossible not to warm to the central character of the show, Ken Scarborough, a soft-spoken Canadian local news reporter whose old-fashioned ways will soon get him fired. Myers lends some of his prosthetics to Jennifer Saunders, who turns out to be some vague sort of mystic, but the less said about it the better.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2022/05/05/want-know-netflix-trouble-watch-ludicrous-new-mike-myers-comedy/ Want to know why Netflix is in trouble? Watch Mike Myers’ infantile new comedy

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