Review: Ayoade On Top by Richard Ayoade

Title: Ayoade on Top

Author: Richard Ayoade

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Blurb

At last, the definitive book about perhaps the best cabin crew dramedy ever filmed: View From the Top starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

In Ayoade on Top, Richard Ayoade, perhaps one of the most ‘insubstantial’ people of our age, takes us on a journey from Peckham to Paris by way of Nevada and other places we don’t care about. It’s a journey deep within, in a way that’s respectful and non-invasive; a journey for which we will all pay a heavy price, even if you’ve waited for the smaller paperback edition.

Ayoade argues for the canonisation of this brutal masterpiece, a film that celebrates capitalism in all its victimless glory; one we might imagine Donald Trump himself half-watching on his private jet’s gold-plated flat screen while his other puffy eye scans the cabin for fresh, young prey.”


The Review

I like Richard Ayoade. I think he is a swell guy. I appreciate his quirkiness and I love that he has written a book about a random and unpopular movie with the love of someone who knows how crap their favourite movie is but adores it anyway. I’m not saying that this is necessarily Richard Ayoade’s favourite film, in fact I would put money on it that he doesn’t like it and this is in fact a sardonic response but as someone who appreciates a good crap film (mine is Grease 2) then I salute the purpose of this book.

In typical Ayoade fashion you never know if what he is saying is genuine or if it is a scathing comment (always suspect the latter) and that is the joy of his writing style. Read Ayoade on Top. Read it now.

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