We take a look at some of the big releases that have hit UK screens over the past eight days in our film review round-up. Jon Favreau’s comedy, Chef, is the stand-out in an otherwise disappointing week for film.
Last week saw the release of Jon Favreau’s new comedy, Chef. The former Iron Man director, who also wrote this food-tastic flick, stars as well-respected head chef, Carl Caper, who ends up having a meltdown when his food is slammed by a top critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt). Co-starring Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara as Caper’s wife, Inez, Chef is a spirited, lively and consistently funny movie. Its ending feels a little under-cooked and somewhat predictable, but Favreau is on top form, delivering the laughs with a tight script and a sweet message in what is ultimately a big father-son bonding session around a hot grill. 7.5/10
You can forgive a film for being overly cheesy if it is at least somewhat charming and enjoyable; Walking on Sunshine is neither, letting the biggest hits of the 80’s drown out some ropy acting and half-baked dialogue. At least the 2008 cheese-tastic Mamma Mia! had that bit of charm and adorable silliness to it that made you forget about the rubbish singing and the questionable dance moves, but this bore-fest has little heart, or Pierce Brosnan. Starring Annabel Scholey as the bride-to-be, and Hannah Arterton as her sensible younger sister, Taylor, Walking on Sunshine is your predictable romantic tale of lost loves and happily ever afters in what is a stinker of a musical. 2.5/10
The popular BBC comedy, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, starring Brendan O’Carroll, has been given the big screen treatment, taking the form of the monstrous Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie. There is a special place reserved in hell for these sort of films, and D’Movie will fit in nicely lodged in-between the charmingly awful The Harry Hill Movie and the offensively terrible Keith Lemon the Film. As Russian gangsters try and shut down Mrs Brown’s (O’Carroll) family fruit and veg stall, things turn nasty for the feisty Grandmother. Its humour – sharp and vulgar – may work well in a 25 minute episode, but dragged out of 94 minutes of film it is an entirely different story. This D’Movie just becomes a drag, only ever semi-respectable when it does not take itself seriously [talking to the camera and in-film bloopers], but fans of the show may still get a kick out of it. 1.5/10
Seve the Movie is the life story of one of golf’s best, the late, great Seve Ballesteros. A true rags to riches tale, the five-time Major winner’s battle to become the legendary player he became can offer as inspiration to us all. Directed by John Paul Davidson and starring José Luis Gutiérrez as a young Ballesteros, the film uses a mixture of old archive footage, voice overs and acting to depict the great mans life. Some of interviews, and particularity the highly emotive ending, were very strong, but the recreation of Seve’s younger self was lifeless in comparison. Fairly timid compared to others of its kind, Davidson’s film is an enjoyable, though somewhat unspectacular cinematic experience that will please, but not thrill, golf fans across the world. 5.5/10