Synopsis: In Man Vs Bee Trevor Bingley (Rowan Atkinson) wages a one man war against a seriously annoying insect, with hilarious and disastrous results . . .
The simplicity of the plot is Man Vs Bee is what makes for its success. The whole thing is a farce, and a great example of modern slapstick comedy, something we don’t see as much of we used to. Using the main character as a professional house-sitter provides a perfect setting. This is especially true because of the high value of the house he’s minding. The short episodic structure of the mini-series works perfectly to gradually escalate this fun caper.
An absolute master-class of physical comedy from Rowan Atkinson. We’re all reminded why only he could ever be Mr Bean. The micro-gestures and facial expressions look simple, but the timing is everything. Atkinson also captures the darker aspect to the character, too, as Trevor Bingley relentlessly pursues a bee that fast becomes his nemesis.
It’s really this element that puts the series in the realm of fantasy, albeit light-hearted fantasy. This is why it’s worthy of and qualifies for a SciFiPulse official review. The choreography was superb, and made for a hilarious farce. The framing of things from the perspective of a bee were also really well thought out. Really well planned out comedy. It’s the fact that we all think about going to these extremes, when we’re frustrated, but we don’t, that works so well.
A fun and typically British-humour show, Man Vs Bee was reminiscent of the days of lighter comedy. Also, there was actually a bit of a character arc too, which helps keep you invested. Furthermore, Trevor’s occasional sympathy for the bee allowed the human condition to shine through, and gave a layer of depth to things. This wonderful comedy just shows that if it’s done well, then simplicity always works best. Man vs Bee definitely caused a positive buzz!
Man Vs Bee is available exclusively on Netflix now, via subscription
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