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Sadly, not very magnificent at all,
This review is from: The Magnificent Eleven [DVD] (DVD)
The Magnificent Eleven must have been an easy sell. After the runaway success of Trainspotting, anything with writer Irvine Welsh's name on it gets the greenlight. However, this film is nothing like its dark and moody predecessor.
Trainspotting had social commentary and healthy doses of black humour. Here, we have a sort of `London's answer to The Full Monty,' only with humour that just doesn't work.
It's about a pub football team who blag their way into getting a local Indian Restaurant to sponsor them, only to find later that the restaurant is in debt to `the mob,' therefore they have to help them out and defend the naan bread and tikkas-to-go. Yes, as its name suggests, it's a homage to The Magnificent Seven. Whereas the cowboy film had action as its main selling point, this one has - er - not much. The humour is really weak, most of the characters are stereotypes and, although it's easy to sympathise with some of the characters who are finding it hard to find work in these times of austerity, they're just not interesting or funny enough to truly get behind.
About the only point is a spirited performance by Jenna Harrison, who comes across as suitably lovely. The rest if the cast,
despite boasting some impressive British acting talent, come across as pretty bland.
However, the bottom line is, if you want some British comedy, stick to the Full Monty. If you want a cowboy film, stay with the Magnificent Seven.