Marathon: Review


There are marathons run all over the world and part of the fun is that almost anybody can take part regardless of their level of fitness. There are the elite athletes who have competed in the Olympics, then there are those who see themselves as elite athletes and want to train in order to prove to themselves (and others) that they’re just as good. Then there are people who see training for a marathon as an opportunity to raise money for charity and usually end up wearing a silly costume while doing it.

Marathon is a mockumentary that follows a group of wannabe marathon runners as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their lives. There’s Ryan O’Brian (Andrew Hansen), an aspiring elite athlete who finds this opportunity to show the world what he’s made of – and raise money for charity.

Jenna Kowalski (Natalie Sullivan) a woman who wants to break the world record marathon time for running in a fruit costume. Abby Dozier (Anais Thomassian) is a new mum who finds the marathon as a chance to reconnect with her body after having given birth and then there’s Shareef Washington (Tavius Cortez), a black man who just can’t understand why the police are so eager to chase him while he’s simply running.

Emilou Paunch (Kimia Behpoornia) would have taken part, but after realising how long a marathon actually is, she did the sensible thing and backed out.

Taking its inspiration from mockumentaries such as This is Spinal Tap and Best in Show, Marathon shows a wide variety of characters who are all working towards the same goal – well mostly. What starts out as what could be two dimensional characters, their stories all gradually unfold and before the end the audience would have no doubt picked their favourite.

There’s a lot of material that comes from watching people to train for a marathon and writer/directors Anthony Guidubaldi and Keith Strausbaugh have clearly found a lot and sprinkle their characters with unique little aspects which will surprise audiences and make them laugh out loud. All the cast are great and fit their roles very well which may also make audiences wonder how versatile they could be in other roles.

Marathon may very well remind its audience of more established comedies, but this one has legs.

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