Everyone likes a feel-good movie on occasion. Don't lie, you bitter old hag lying in a dusty bedroom, hiding under filthy sheets stained beige by countless nights of drowning your crippling sadness with the sweet, sweet release of various fried goods dipped in barbecue sauce. Mmmm... But yes, sometimes all you need to perk yourself up is a bit of an emotional cleanse in the form of a loud, cheesy and utterly stupid pile of eye-noise. Guess what I watched yesterday?
|The squiggly writing means happy.|
The story here is...shall we say...simple? Two best friends, Ally and Davy, have arrived back in their home town of Leith, Edinburgh, from a recent tour (not the fun kind) of Afghanistan; the film follows the pair (and Davy's father, Rab, in a separate sub-plot) as they try to settle back into civilian life and get it awn with their respective lady-friends. There's betrayal, illegitimate children, proposals, mind-numbingly awful miscommunication, arguments, fights...think of any episode of Eastenders and you've got a basic synopsis for this movie. So really, they've got life in Leith spot on.
|Even the extras are authentic.|
|Unbearably cute child? Check.|
1) The lighting basks everything in a dreary cloudy-day blue (so kudos on an accurate portrayal of Edinburgh weather) but always seems to come at everyone from the side at all times. If shit keeps on going like this, the entire population of the film will get skin cancer all down one half of their face.
|Often the lighting straight up decides "Fuck it, I'll shine in the wrong direction."|
3) This is a rather rose-tinted view of Leith, down to the pub bathrooms being clean, no-one getting stabbed, and a couple having the money to hire a massive hall for their 25th wedding anniversary. It's not quite a documentary, shall we say?
4) The story, as already mentioned, is utterly contrived and revolves entirely around all the main characters being total fannies who can't communicate properly.
|"Morning, good looking."|
|"Hey! What are you guys talking about?"|
Despite it's basic technical failings and some truly infuriating moments, however, Sunshine on Leith is a feel-good movie worthy of the name; you'll laugh, you'll probably not cry but there are a few sad bits, you'll sing along and most of all you'll have a good time. It gets extra points for managing to throw in a cheeky Trainspotting reference too.
Overall Ben Equivalence Rating
Making a Homeless Person Sing for Spare Change -
Surprisingly well performed, charming and very easy to achieve in Leith.