Grant plays a good drunk, problem is, theres really no redeeming aspects to his character. Withnail is just a fucking prick who I personally did not enjoy watching. I guess I fall into the minority here and was not blown away, but I did enjoy the other characters like Uncle Monty and Danny. Too bad the film chose to focus on a narcissistic loser. 3 stars, mainly for solid supporting cast.
There's a great Rivette film here just struggling to get out. The idea of two actors denied work, who cast themselves in an extended performance, each playing the role that the other expects them to play, could have gone the way of Céline & Julie. It needed more space to trail off, to break from reality, to challenge the characters preconceptions, before coming back down to earth for its crushing final scenes.