It is usually a sin to start a movie review that talks about the final scene of the film, but if nothing else, the end of Another round is a triumph, a beautiful, amazing, joyous ode to beauty, amazement and yes, joy.
The rest of the movie is pretty good too.
About four high school teachers decide to put a study to the test that shows they are working at a constant blood alcohol level of 0.05 (not drunk, just happy) is the key to a full life, Another round is an adorable, relatively light-hearted drama that manages to take its apparently crazy concept seriously and offers us another great performance by Mads Mikkelsen.
There is nothing profound about that Another roundand although IMDb claims it is a comedy, it is not. But it’s a great exploration of four men who face personal crises (large and small) in their lives and how they react. Director Thomas Vinterberg (2012) The hunt, in which Mikkelsen also plays, and Dear Wendy) and co-author Tobias Lindholm successfully span a narrow line. The film could have gone in many directions and easily turned into an outrageous comedy. It could also have caused four men to get out of hand because, as you can imagine, drinking continually to maintain a blood alcohol level of 0.05 usually doesn’t go well, even at work. And yet Another round raises its nose at such conventional approaches (one can only guess what an American remake of this film would look like) and goes its own way.
While some have praised the film – to be honest, I may have completely overlooked it, if not for certain recommendations – I just found it Another round amusing and entertaining, nothing more and nothing less. Like an evening with the boys where a few rounds of beer are exchanged Another round is a fun experience while it lasts, but not necessarily something you will come back to in years.
Of course there is nothing wrong with that.
Another round goes down like a smooth warehouse, an easy-to-consume and deceptively complex little film. Mikkelsen also delivers a deceptively excellent performance as a man who is lost and sees the opportunity to rediscover who he is.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.