The Festival

The Festival (2018)

IMDB Synopsis

After Nick’s girlfriend dumps him, his best mate Shane has the perfect antidote to his break-up blues: three days at an epic music festival.

*Minor spoilers*

When Nick (Joe Thomas) gets dumped at graduation by his university girlfriend Caitlin (Hannah Tointon), he’s devastated. Luckily for him though, a good friend will never let you stay down for long – and Nick has Shane (the amazing Hammed Animashaun).

Shane insists that the pair head to the festival they both have tickets for, even if Caitlin and her posh friends will be there. He’s all about helping his friend over his heartbreak but he also has his own agenda – to see and hopefully meet his hero, DJ Hammerhead.

But things are never as easy as you want them to be and after meeting festival veteran Amy (Claudia O’Doherty) on the train, the trio are forced to make the rest of their journey by foot. Much to Nick’s disdain, Amy is a talker.

The festival poses its own set of challenges, not lease avoiding Nick’s ex and her new love interest. But you don’t think everything’s going to according to plan do ya? What follows is a raucous comedy of errors that lead our new friends on an adventure of a lifetime. Or at least a Summertime.

The Festival won’t change the world but it’s not the worst way to spend a couple of hours. It’s pretty standard Inbetweeners-style fare, maybe not as funny but it does have stand-outs in O’Doherty and Animashaun. Also a cameo from Jemaine Clement as Shane’s over-the-top step father, which doesn’t hurt.

As expected it’s quite fixated on bodily-fluids, awkward sex and bestiality so not the most sophisticated of feature films but I’m guessing nobody has bought a ticket expecting anything more (or less).

This isn’t my most detailed review of all time but there’s not really that much more to say. Will Shane get to meet his hero? With Nick get over his ex and by extension himself? If you can be bothered, you’ll see how it all turns out for yourself.

My Rating

3.5/5.

Finding Your Feet

Finding Your Feet (2017)

Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley

IMDB Synopsis

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

*Minor spoilers*

Some films are like hot baths, cups of cocoa and comfortable pants – they won’t set your world on fire but they will make you feel good. Finding Your Feet is like a hug from one of your mum’s friends, something you didn’t even know you needed at the time.

The day before her pompous politician husband retires, doting wife Sandra (Staunton) learns that he’s not quite as dedicated to their life as she is. This sets her into a tailspin and her only option is to flee to her sister’s home to gather her thoughts for a while.

Sandra is something of a snob though, accustomed to a grand lifestyle while her sister Bif (Imrie) is more bohemian in her attitudes and environment. Chalk and cheese if you will – it could never work! Except… sisterly love is a powerful thing and maybe, just maybe there’s life in the old dog yet.

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As our San reconnects with lovely Bif, she starts to get a glimpse of the woman she used to be and possibly, of the life she could still have. And while it takes a while for the ice to thaw around her broken heart, with the help of her new friends and a rag tag dance class, Sandra starts to regenerate.

It doesn’t hurt that charming Charlie (Spall) is part of her new crew and he’s got an eye for the feisty Sandra. But he has his own life issues – could new love really develop between these elderly love veterans? And what’s going on with free-spirited Bif?

Well, there’s only one way to find out I guess – get thee to the multiplex and treat yourself to a couple of scoops of rum & raisin while you find out for yourself (That is that the flavour silver surfers choose, right?).

While Finding Your Feet does not offer anything that new, it was lovely. I have thoughts about one of the story lines – I think the film could still have concluded with the same empowering message had it never happened. I also felt it was a cheap shot, designed purely to manipulate the heartstrings (yes it worked). Apart from that, the performances were top notch as expected (Joanna Lumley’s grey bob should have been credited at the end, it’s sublime) and it did exactly what I expected it to. Not a bad way to spend the best part of two hours on a Monday night.

Also, Timothy Spall: I would definitely date him.

My Rating

3.5/5.

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