By Julie D. Griffin
A prominent comparitive critique of the 1800's French critic Remy D Gourmount, he also embraced life as an artist, novelist and critic began a literary movement which translated as a valid intrepetation of all things even international film today. Known as symbolisme, such a stance does also describe the present and most recent London, England version of world wide famous comic artist, Russell Brand and his now Messiah Complex Tour which now on film, and the European resolution rare to obtain here in America, due perhaps to the fact that the copies represent a work of devout perfection. Every element of the event mould with the very word, symbol, the Latin symbolictum, which of the literal means a token of faith between two objects which may mean people. It is not therefore cinematic blasphemy to say that the words of Brand spoken during the faithful soliloquy seemed at a level with the new representational form of theatrical measure. Using living props to present a live performance of his high level of acting intelligence, Brand took us from crayons to perfume in a matter of seconds. A trucker hobbit and to express such an ideal of socialism, he made the audience laugh out loud after a demonstration of the need for sexual protection at the workplace. "You will get a leaflet tomorrow," he said while he laughed about one woman who asked him out on a date. The audience pretty much roared with laughter about this, as they did all throughout the great Broadway endemic performance. And the actor whose home turf and even with his mother present at the full seat capacity theater, Brand spoke to us of the comparative lives of about five different Messiah like leaders which began with Jesus, Gandhi, Malcom X and even Hitler. The words of Personal Jesus by Marilyn Manson and the insane asylum for people with an actual mental illness diagnoses of the mental disease medically termed Messiah Complex, Brand described the problems associated with leader personalities and intelligently formatted even the ups and downs and difficulties associated with those made responsible for leading the masses. Of course, he did use much saavy to present Hitler as the most flawed leader of them all, and with careful illustration used ingenious comedy to point out how such a demon personality begins his insanity at an age so early that it is almost nearly certain that even a smart school teacher may wisely identify and therefore prevent same from growing up to the point of any evolution of power. Brand himself, the most talented actor of his original performance college, one teacher even wrote in his report card that, "He has developed into a striking, versatile actor ~ with a good understanding of his strong points and the obliteration of his weak points. His interest is obvious, and he pays close attention in class. All of his performances have been most powerful and he is an actor of good promise." An adorable child, he was always handsome and once even started an adolescent trend among the fortunate English community where he resided by making an original hairstyle on his own self, which he even named the fringe.
The Messiah Complex Tour, a range of Russell Brand performances a must to attend, while his world wide tour difficult to obtain tickets for with every seat an identified script of sold out audiences, ordering the taped CDs and videos of the range of performances may be the only way some fans may be able to adore the star of the programs and watch his brilliant elaboration of the satire and yet greatly educational venue of religion and politics and a whole different view which opens up many minds and much discussion as to the hows and whys of it all. Even Mr. Brand considered putting all of those who suffer from a Messiah Complex in the same room together cruel and unusual punishment. And what with each of the afflicted wanting to be more holier than thou than the other, each Jesus he said would of course argue with eachother without anger over who the real Jesus among them was. "You are mistaken, but I forgive you." In short, it is okay that you think you are the Jesus, the Messiah. But I know I am and you are not, because I am. A lot like when Pee Wee Herman during the film, The Pee Wee Herman Movie once made that infamous quote, "I know I am, but what are you?" Of course though, Brand is on a level of comedic performance, however humble, that clearly brands him to coin a pun as one of the best comics on earth today. And as if his compassion for the psychological condition of the suffering of each past messiah does not serve him well, the once drug addicted victor who has managed to cold turkey himself to sobriety is personae enough to be able to laugh at himself, and even the disrespectful way his past was once lauded by media. In fact, his capacity to uncover the use and misuse of the media advertising community to use words to mind program the masses, he clearly identifies himself as a learned intellectual seriously worthy of merit and listening to. Without giving too much of the program away, some of the motif he dwelt among consisted of everything from The Barber of Fleet Street, the latest and best filmed version which starred American actor Johnnie Depp to those who instead of believing nothing at all who become willing to err on the side of believing anything. A final quip about the performance brings to mind at least a few of the last identifiable anecdote which Brand talked about in definite lectoral fashion. Ironically, the phrases beautifully sum up his show. I'm lovin it. Unbelievably satisfying.