Monday, 26 December 2016

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

The Proclaimers Musical.

For some people, those three words are probably all they need to know about this movie in order to decide whether or not to see it.  Either because they hate musicals (and also presumably rainbows, puppies, chocolate and bacon) or because they're already trying to find a copy so they can bellow "And I would walk 500 miles" along with the cast members when that number makes its appearance in the script.

Davy and Ally have just mustered out of the army and returned to their families in Leith, Edinburgh.  Ally is keen to renew his relationship with Davy's sister Liz, and she is just as pleased to see him, but its entirely possible that they have very different plans for the immediate future, which might possibly jeopardise their relationship.  Oh okay, yes, it's totally going to jeopardise their relationship.

On the other hand Davy's just looking to get his feet under him and enjoy his parents' 25th wedding anniversary celebration.  He's certainly not looking for love, and if he was, it would definitely not be with an English woman.  Meanwhile, Liz's English friend Yvonne is also most emphatically not looking to meet a new man.  I'm sure you can therefore guess what happens when they meet.  Of course, they're not immune to their own set of miscommunications and misunderstandings.

And speaking of relationships in trouble, an old secret and a new discovery might very well combine to wreck that 25th wedding anniversary I just mentioned.  It's all drama in Leith.  And singing, what with this being a musical.

Sunshine on Leith is a fun, feel good film with an engaging cast.  I'm not 100% sold on all the song arrangements in the movie, but they're all capably performed.  And all the actors did their own performances, which is always nice to see.

If you're a Proclaimers fan, or just want a 'nice little movie' to while away a rainy afternoon, this is worth a look.

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