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Some good laughs but has pacing issues and it's too long
on 10 January 2011
I went to a screening of this last night at our local film society. I have no interest at all in morris dancing but I saw the good reviews and thought it would be a good laugh and worth a watch.
There are some good laugh out loud moments but once the initial hilarity dies down it soon becomes stale and repetitive. My main gripe with this film, however, is the pacing and runtime. It's far too long and by the end I was looking at my watch wondering when on earth it was going to end. It really ought to have had some extra chopping in the editing room. For instance, all the scenes with the academic who randomly butted in every now and again to give her 2p's worth - what purpose did she serve? I had some issues with the plot too. The head of the Morris dancing council was clearly set up as the pantomime villain but it didn't really lead anywhere. And the entire American section and obligatory love interest - was that really necessary? Also, I was a bit disappointed with the 'extreme' Morris dancing. It wasn't as funny as it could of been. I was expecting acrobatics and maybe a bit of break dancing thrown in - all we got were a few tame contemporary dance moves.
Overall, a few good laughs, but nothing more.