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"IT'S NOT CRICKET from STRAWBERRY MEDIA
on 13 April 2014
Memory has been known to play tricks on me and let me down. This is a prime example of just that. I am very fond of "Charters and Caldicot" from "The Lady Vanishes", here they are Major Bright and Capt Early, and their names sum up the level of comedy. It's not the fault of the actors tho Maurice Denham overacts outrageously, it's the script by Lyn Lockwood and Bernard Mcnabb. Clumsy and mostly not funny (tho I admit to smiling occasionaly) there isn't much the actors can do. The climax is a cricket match and it is so badly directed that I was almost tempted to fast forward (but I didn't). The plot, such as it is, is actually quite good and Radford and Wayne do their best, but seem a bit lost. Did I enjoy it? I admit to being disapointed. That could be me on a bad viewing day, tho I don't think so, and my enjoyment factor was low. I suppose I can recomend to fans Radford and Wayne-Just, but fans of comedy may wish to look elsewhere. Or completely ignore my thoughts and take a chance. HOWEVER-The film was further spoilt for me by a very dark print from Strawberry. So dark in places I couldn't follow the action. If Renown and Network can produce good quality transfers why can't Strawberry.?