"Alki Alki" is a German 100-minute movie from 2015, so this one has its 5th anniversary soon and the director here is Axel Ranisch, also one of the writers and like several other times before that he collaborated with Heiko Pinkowski on the script here. The latter also plays one of the key characters and he really cannot be ignored with his memorable physique and he appeared in several other Ranisch films before. But I was not that that impressed by these and I am not that impressed by this one here. It is not a bad movie, let alone a failure, but it never truly makes an impact. It is also quite a challenge without a doubt to make a film about alcoholism work in the sense of a comedy, even if there are some slightly more dramatic moments too. But overall, it is about trying to make audiences laugh and smile. It is about a relationship between a man and woman and how the man's close alcohol-based friendship with his best buddy leaves a lasting negative impact on said relationship and also on everybody's life in general. Sounds pretty serious, doesn't it? Well, it is not. Not that much at least. You will find moments many times that are definitely a bit on the lighter side. The acting is so-so I would say, nobody blew me away really. As for Pinkowski, it really shows how close he is with Ranisch and maybe also how close this project is / these projects are to his heart as they got a lot of Pinkowski's family members in here. I am a bit surprised by how highly this film is rated here on imdb as in my opinion there were more than just a few moments where it did look amateurish. Some might say this added additional charm because the film really never tries to make a lasting difference from any perspective and I can see why people would say so, but I did not really feel it. Also the film gets rather weaker than better as it goes on and that said it also does not start too well, so yeah. It is not too necessary to watch it in my opinion. Nowhere near the best films of 2015 here in Germany and even the hardly non-existent awards recognition still feels too much. Watch something else instead. Cameos by Berben and the younger Gwisdek (even if I like the latter, the former not so much) are on the forgettable side too. Not recommended.
Tobias and Flasche are childhood friends. However, their alcoholic friendship is doing more harm than good to Tobias, who realizes he should focus on his family and career. Everything changes when Tobias tells this to Flasche.
December 12, 2020