Plot- The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.
Review- Who do you think you are kidding Universal, if think this is what people want?
Critics are the boys who will stop your little game,
We are the boys who will make you think again!
‘Cause who do you think you are kidding Universal
If think this is good enough!
I just really, really, really, didn’t like this one.
This film is based upon legendary sitcom Dad’s Army (13th best British TV show and 4th best British Sitcom of all time) which, despite finishing in 1977 is still shown and beloved around them world.
But, i’m not going to compare a 100 minute film to a 30 minute sitcom.
Because that would be stupid.
Because the sitcom was actually funny.
And it had a cast with chemistry-who actually wanted to be there, and it was funny, and plots that actually started before 2 thirds of the way through the episodes, and distinct characters, and was funny.
And did I mention that the sitcom was actually !”~@!”!! funny?
Ok, ok, no film is without positives and in this case….. It’s nice to see Catherine Zeta Jones getting work? And it had the decency not to sequel bait.
Most of the cast appear to be operating on the idea that they don’t have to bother with that whole ‘acting’ thing in order to make this thing work except Bill Nighy, who seems to be under the impression that his character was supposed to be played by Colin Firth.
The plot doesn’t get started until two thirds of the way through the movie and the gunfight at the end merely seemed to exist to wake the audience up.
Skip this mess and go watch a few episodes of the TV show instead.
(Note- Did you know that one of the stars of the original TV show is the Great Uncle of Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley?)
MY Score= Fire