Friday Download The Movie Up All Night (2015) Review
For those unfamiliar with TV's Friday Download gang they are youngsters Dionne Bromfield, Richard Whisker, Shannon Flynn, George Sear and Bobby Lockwood. Still none-the-wiser? They all look and act like annoying children's TV presenters which is pretty much what they are - harmless! It's now summer and our gang are packing their bags and hitting the road for what they hope to be the trip of a lifetime.
Due to circumstances beyond their control they end up without a van and in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately there's Hill House, a spooky looking mansion, nearby so the gang pay it a visit. They are welcomed in by brother and sister Caleb (Tyger Drew Honey) and Clara (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) who invite them all to stay the night whilst they get their van repaired. All, however, is not as it seems and very soon ghostly goings on are putting the willies up each and every member of the gang. With the assistance of a young ghost hunter (Ethan Lawrence) the gang look to solve the mystery finding time to plan a music festival too.
First of all Googling this movie is a bit of a nightmare. No one seems to be able to agree on what it's title is. For example on IMDB it's listed as Up All Night which admittedly is rather less of a mouthful than the title given for its retail release. Perhaps the distributors were worried that the film's key audience, those that watch CBBC's Friday Download, wouldn't twig that something just called Up All Night was a movie tie-in to a program they liked. Outside of the intended audience no one else will really give a s*** and probably won't even seek it out but if they do I'm sure they will enjoy the silly haunted house stuff that plays for a good part of the film's running time.
This big-screen outing for the long-running hit CBBC teen information show Friday Download is fun in a forgettable kind of way. It regrettably loses the spooky vibe in favour of a showcase for teen sensations The Vamps and Britain's Got Talent favourites Bars and Melody who turn up to remind older viewers about how generic popular UK chart music has become.
The tone is light-hearted and the earlier spooky nonsense well handled. Smaller children may need some hand-holding from their parents to begin with but rest easy the scares are no more than you'll get on the current watered-down version of Doctor Who.
The only thing that is offensive is that anyone who blogs or appears to be an internet nerd has to represented as chubby, no dress sense and with a bad haircut. With one-in-seven people around the world now on Facebook, and therefore effectively a blogger, surely this dated stereotype should have gone the way of the Ark. What irks more are the snotty-nosed glances the Friday Download team shoot him. It's saying to its target audience that it's alright to dismiss the person that doesn't fit in aesthetically and I think that's appalling! Aside from that Up All Night is alright. Rant over!