10 July 2017

The Love Punch

The Love Punch 2013
  • Director: Joel Hopkins
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Emma Thompson – Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee, The Boat that Rocked, An Education, Last Chance Harvey, Brideshead Revisited, Stranger than Fiction, Angels in America, Love Actually, Wit, Primary Colours, The Winter Guest, Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Much Ado about Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Howards End, Dead Again, Impromptu, Henry V, Fortunes of War, Tutti Frutti
    • Pierce Brosnan – A Long Way Down, The World’s End, The Ghost Writer, Mamma Mia, Seraphim Falls, James Bond, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks!
    • Celia Imrie – Hotel Marigold 1 and 2, Doctor Who, Cranford, Nanny McPhee, Wah-Wah, Calendar Girls, Daniel Deronda, Absolutely Fabulous, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, Hilary & Jackie, In the Bleak Midwinter, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Upstairs Downstairs
    • Timothy Spall – Mr Turner, Harry Potter, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, My House in Umbria, Nicholas Nickleby, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Topsy-Turvy, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Secret and Lies, Spender, Life is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Marisa Berenson – Colour Me Kubrick, Playing for Time, Cabaret
  • Why? Emma Thompson
  • Seen: 9 July 2017      

       Friends and family want ex-couple Kate and Richard to get together again. He’s possibly keen, she is not. The pop music at the start indicates a light-weight film ahead and so it is.
       Very bourgeois with golf, villas, a daughter driving her own car off to Uni. Then Richard’s company collapses, just as he retires. There has been a hostile take-over and Richard and Kate’s life savings and pensions are gone.
       Off they go to chase the villain. When he laughs them off and throws them out they decide to steal the diamond, worth tens of millions, that he has bought for his fiancée. Off they go to Cannes.
       Light-weight, slapstick, touristy. What’s enjoyable is seeing Thompson, Brosnan, Imrie and Spall so happily playing wrinkled pensioners (or almost pensioners). It is actually quite a funny spoof of a heist movie. It will win the cast no Oscars and they will not include it on their list of their best films but they seem to be having fun and the film offers an amusing ninety minutes in the company of four superb actors.

2 ½ * of 5   

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