Third Star (2010)
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BAFTA-winning short filmmaker Hattie Dalton makes an auspicious feature debut with this poignant but still screamingly funny paean to making the most of life while you still can. James invites his three closest friends to join him on a road trip to his favourite place in the world. Like many an impulsive group holiday, however, the undertaking proves fraught with practical difficulties, surreal encounters and emotionally ravaging revelations... With a vibrant, witty and insightful script by
Dec 1, 2010 Wide
Western Edge Pictures - Official Site
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The script is too full of events and outbursts for it truly to convince, but the actors bring charm to the film and director Hattie Dalton has a pleasingly light touch.
Underneath Third Star's classy cladding, which camouflages its maudlin streak and conventional melodramatic underpinnings, there lies a TV movie first and last.
Dalton, a Bafta-winning short filmmaker, ensures everything looks pleasant and polished enough, but there's very little here that stands out.
All of this feels a little too pat and obvious until we edge towards a lump-in-the-throat finale with an emotional wallop absent from the predictability of the previous scenes.
This beautifully shot and finely acted drama will struggle to find an audience simply because its subject matter is ultimately so dark
The characters aren't particularly likable or clever, but their chemistry is convincing and it's well performed.
Dalton's first feature doesn't quite reach the philosophical depths she appears to be aiming for, but Cumberbatch keeps sentimentality at bay, and the ending is almost unbearably poignant.
Cumberbatch always seems to act as though he already has the letters OBE after his name.
Impressively directed and sharply written, this is a powerfully emotional British drama with superb performances from all four leads.
Hattie Dalton's direction is sensitive but ponderous, making our own third star more than slightly grudging.
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