Comedy / Romance
Comedy / Romance
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.
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Pretty, gentle, tame, forgettable remake. Better than 'Dad's Army'.
'At the height of WWII', the remote Outer Hebridean island of Todday
(IRL Portsoy, near Aberdeen) runs out of whisky. Then, the RMS Cabinet
Minister is wrecked, with a cargo of 50,000 cases of whisky and the
abdicated King Edward VIII's love letters on board. The islanders band
together to thwart attempts by the local Home Guard commander and
customs to find the bottles. Also, the postmaster's two beautiful
daughters are getting married and need whisky for the celebrations.
(Cue idyllic Celtfest wedding scene)
WG is beautiful to look at, the sense of period is pretty good, and
once you get used to the slow pace and lack of any LOL moments, it
passes the time quite pleasantly. Don't expect anything more. The
shipwreck is quite a while in coming, and the raid on the wreck has to
wait for Sunday to pass. Towards the end there's a car chase at about
My two problems with WG are (1) the number of characters whose stories
all seem to to be of the same importance - there's no central character
like Bombolini in 'The Secret of Santa Vittoria', and (2) the
sanitised, prosperous, oh-so-comfortable lifestyle they all enjoy. In
the wedding scene, there are dozens of lights strung over the square.
Where, I might ask, does a remote Scottish island in the middle of WWII
get all that power from? Where do they all get the petrol for their
jaunts everywhere? There's absolutely no sense of the islanders having
any hardship at all. All that's at stake is two minor characters'
weddings, and the free whisky. Not much to hang a drama on.
Also, Gregor Fisher and Eddie Izzard ham it up. Some may find this
A lovely wee "shot" of a different time and culture
This lovely and humorous little production of a classic tale really
made my Saturday night, I came out both invigorated and satisfied. I
chuckled and tutted (at the characters) along with the whole audience,
and I could feel others tapping their feet along, or really enjoying
Gregor Fisher proves himself a masterful comedic character actor again,
playing a grumpy but wily father and postmaster in the lead role. Eddie
Izzard deserves commendation for given depth to a character screaming
to be either played as an outright fool, or as a serious and glum two
dimensional character. The rest of the cast are fantastic and
Overall I would recommend this movie to any lovers of independent feel
good movies, it definitely reminded me of how I felt upon leaving a
screening of Amelie years ago. Very family friendly, and an ideal
antithesis to the stream of ridiculous Hollywood action movies of the
Fast and furious 8, triple x ilk.
And regarding people saying it didn't need to be remade, how
preposterous to review a production this way. Stories are retold
constantly, its the nature of the beast. One of the beautiful things
about the cinema and theatre is the diversity in which a simple tale
can be re-imagined, bring it to life in new ways. I can only assume
this opinion come from purists who love the original so much they would
hate to see anything even slightly different, so any real opinion on
this production is unbelievably biased.
I never give 10/10, because I would reserve that for such amazing
pieces of cinema like the Godfather and alike. So understand 9/10 is a
very good score.
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Fantastic Fun Scottish Film
Fully enjoyed this film. Took the whole family out to see this at the
cinema a couple of months ago and enjoyed by my kids and my mum who is
70 - can't remember the last time that happened! Very funny little
story, well performed and took me back to my childhood of being on
holiday at my grandparents up in Scotland and the many characters of
their village. Definitely worth a watch if you like slightly 'harmless'
comedies (in that the whole family can watch it), with a simple story
that anyone can follow. Only thing I would say is that I haven't seen
the original so can't measure that like others might, but either way a