6 November 2017

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith 2013
  • Director: Dexter Fletcher
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Jane Horrocks, George Mackay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas, Paul Brannigan
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Jane Horrocks – Absolutely Fabulous, Gracie, Born Romantic, Little Voice, Life is Sweet
    • George Mackay – Defiance
    • Kevin Guthrie – Case Histories
    • Peter Mullan – Top of the Lake, Harry Potter, Stone of Destiny, Boy A, Children of Men, Young Adam, The Magdalene Sisters, My Name Is Joe, Trainspotting, Braveheart, Shallow Grave, Riff-Raff
    • Paul Brannigan – The Angel’s Share
  • Why? Jane Horrocks
  • Seen: 29 October 2017      

       Ally and Davy return to Edinburgh from military service in Afghanistan, their friend having lost his legs to a roadside bomb. Davy’s parents Rab and Jean are planning their 25th anniversary party then his dad’s unknown daughter from 24 years ago shows up. Ally proposes to Davy’s sister Liz in front of everybody and she turns him down.  How is all that to live up to the rave reviews of ‘feel-fabulous film of the year’, exuberatingly funny’, ‘soaring delight’, ‘joyous…fun’?
       Well, it is a musical.
       I don’t know what to think. I love musicals, Jane Horrocks and Scotland but the story is lame and sentimental and the characters and relationships conventional to the point of cardboard stereotypes. The songs are by the Proclaimers and though ‘Letter from America’ and ‘500 miles’ are always stirring to hear and work well, the other songs don’t quite hold the film together.
       A bit of a disappointment really. Maybe it’ll be better next time when I know what to expect. And since I’m already planning on watching it again it must be worth

3 * of 5   


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