Sunshine on Leith (2013)
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This film is a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.
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Lovers of musicals and/or The Proclaimers may find themselves overlooking the flaws and enjoying this film a lot more than me.
Fans of The Proclaimers will obviously eat this up while non-fans will appreciate the dramatic salt sprinkled over the musical sweetness that keeps this from becoming twee.
There are sentimental elements, and not all the songs are top-drawer, but despite that the unlikely idea of having characters burst into song as they walk down the street or drink in a pub worked for me.
While it won't match ABBA's slam dunk success with Mamma Mia!, this irrepressibly appealing jukebox musical... will still find a receptive audience 'round these here parts.
The flash mob finale, with what looks like 500 dancing Edinburghers, is about the most fun I've had in a cinema this year.
A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers.
Thankfully more pleasing than patronising, Sunshine on Leith works because it's not universal; while tidied up, it's still peculiar to a place and people.
There is nothing quite as alarming as sitting down to a film and only then discovering it's a musical, to say nothing of the confusion that comes with the realisation it's comprised entirely of Proclaimers songs.
I feel a bit mean not to embrace Stephen Greenhorn's adaptation of his good hearted stage musical, but the film plods instead of soars, despite its genuine characters and heartfelt performances
It starts out so fabulously in Afghanistan in this armoured vehicle and these boys just start spontaneously singing Sky Takes the Soul and I went, oh, this is so unexpected and beautiful.
[Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself.
Despite the low-budget-defying gloss (Edinburgh really does look fabulous), the gritty honesty of the Reid brothers' songs remains intact and the superb cast give their stirring singalong anthems real emotional clout.
Fletcher gets good performances from a game cast but I wouldn't give you half a sixpence for his skills as a musical impresario.
I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.
As the drama builds up to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) you'll know exactly what's coming, but will be swept along regardless by what is surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written.
Fletcher's faux-rootsy, unoriginal crowd-pleaser keeps insisting that we see it as a ray of sunshine. It didn't work for me, but Mullan provides one hell of a silver lining.
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