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Newspaper critics favourite but over hyped Sunshine on Leith
on 27 February 2014
A reasonably good movie with a good script and acting, But not anywhere near as good as its hyped up to be.
Just look at the front cover, The descriptive word Superb is bigger than the actual title of the film. That is hype for you. If they tell you its superb then you either think for yourself and after seeing it decide you like or dislike it, or you just believe its superb anyway. I fear that this is the case here.
The truth is that this is a good afternoon TV film for the family. It is not superb. It is not great. And the fact that they had to dominate the front cover of the DVD with all these glowing quotes from newspaper critics to hype it up proves they didn't have that much confidence in selling it as a DVD, These newspaper critics are no one special but they all suffer from the same disease, British itis. that is to say that if it is a British film it must be Superb. Well no that is not true because Britain makes good and bad films.
the critics also compare this to the film Mamma Mia. And if that quote has semi sold you this DVD already think again, because its not much like Mamma Mia. Yes it has a story and some of the characters break into song sometimes and there is a bit of dancing at the end, But it is more like a budget rip off. The critics claim its funny. Well it is mildly amusing true but a comedy it isn't. Instead of a sunny exotic location we get some nice shots of Edinburgh. Instead of the very well known cast we get a less familiar bunch of actors. Instead of songs that most people will already know we get less well known tracks. So No its not this years Mamma Mia.
If you like the music of the Proclaimers then you will like this film. If you like musicals then you will like it too. If you like British films you will like it. If you are a fan of Scotland you will like it. If you like films that are generally light weight and emotive with a bit of a love story you will like it.
I thought it was a good movie and it is worth seeing. I am just warning you that it is not as brilliant as it is made out to be.
There is an alternative ending which is only slightly different and the film does have Subtitles for the deaf.