This has always been that kind of film where I'm known it was meant to be good, and that I would probably like it ... and yet have just never felt in the mood to sit down and watch it. Having finally done so now, I'm not really sure to make of it. I mean, it certainly was a nice movie. And I've always been a fan of the guys who made it (the same group that made 'Frontline' and 'The Late Show', which was like the original 'Chasers'). But it's obvious that Rob Sitch has limited skills when it comes to directing larger-scale films. It still had that amateurish element that, to me, just seemed more belonging on a TV-Movie rather than a full-length film. I think the premise they centred around was very interesting, and they also did a good job of setting up various fictional stories between the characters so as not to bore the general viewer. But in my opinion, they went to all this effort only to leave all the side-stories unfinished, and while Rotten Tomatoes commends it for this - "A feel-good movie without an abundance of mush" - I actually wouldn't have minded if they had tried to be a little more sentimental, and interested in showing how the characters grew emotionally by the end. I also thought that the editing wasn't very good - some shots just ended too abruptly, the split-second after a line of dialogue, and again that just made it feel cheap and amateur.
But then, on the other hand, 'The Dish' still was a very charming movie, and it was also nice to see a decent Australian film that actually did reasonably well internationally. And, of course, there were some pretty hilarious parts. All round it was "pretty good" ... with occasional moments of excellence among an otherwise mediocre field. Some people might love it, and I wouldn't argue if they did. I just don't think I liked it quite as much as I thought I would.