5 March 2018

Local Hero

Local Hero 1983
  • Director: Bill Forsyth
  • Based on the novel: no
  • Cast: Peter Reigert, Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi, Dennis Lawson, Jenny Seagrove, Jennifer Black
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Peter Reigert – American Pastoral, The Sopranos, How to Kill Your Neighbour’s Dog, M*A*S*H
    • Burt Lancaster – Field of Dreams, Atlantic City, 1900, Airport, Seven Days in May, Elmer Gantry, The Unforgiven, The Rainmaker, probably others
    • Peter Capaldi – Doctor Who, World War Z, In the Loop, Modigliani, Shooting Fish, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Dangerous Liaisons
    • Dennis Lawson – Hustle, Perfect Sense, Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back, Rock Follies, Star Wars
    • Jenny Seagrove – Endeavour
  •  Why? Peter Capaldi
  • Seen: Once before. Now 2 March 2018
             It’s become a classic, but I remember not being completely impressed the first time. Since then we’ve discovered the genius of Peter Capaldi so I’m hoping to like the film more this time.
       Greedy oil company wants to buy a Scottish village, tear it down and build a refinery. Young obnoxious hotshot Mac (Riegert) is sent to deal with it all after being instructed by tycoon star-gazing somewhat loony Happer (Lancaster) to keep an eye on the sky. Once in Scotland Mac gets help from Danny Oldsen (a very young Capaldi), a nerdy gangly awkward endearing gofer.
       Capaldi is adorable, the Scottish landscape is as always spectacular, the one-liners are funny and there is a twisted plot – the locals are not, as one would expect, up in arms defending their village but conniving to get as much money out of the company as possible while Mac and Happer fall in love with the village and want to preserve it as is.
       When I realise that the film is about idiosyncrasies it starts growing on me. It’s worth watching a second time, and probably a third, if only to watch Peter Capaldi run his flappy-arm-stilty-legged run.

3 ½ * of 5

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