The beautifully written script elevates this fishy tale above the norm, and turns a unique storyline into something highly watchable. It somehow manages to combine inspiration, sentimentally and comedy - in equal measure - into the mix of this quirky little film, without any of those aspects being overdone. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt give outstanding performances, whilst Kristen Scott-Thomas almost steals the show as the sharper-than-nails acerbic Prime Minister's Press Secretary, snapping and barking at everyone, with great comedic effect, in order to get the story she wants.
Whilst this was never going to be a box-office record breaker (and probably only really appeals to a small percentage of the population who like 'quirky', 'British' and 'gentle'), it is definitely one to be recommended. As unlikely as the subject appears to be, it somehow works. Probably because it doesn't try to be too clever, but, instead, shows up human frailties and injects that little bit of something we all need ... faith that it will all come right in the end.