Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dads Army 2016 (film review)

 "The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion." IMDb

 The film follows the home guard in the later stage of the war shortly before the invasion, a German spy has the invasion plans and by chance Mainwaring and his men have to stop it  getting to Germany.

Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring.
Bill Nighy as Sergent Wilson.
Michael Gambon as Private Godfrey.
Blake Harrison as Private Pike.
Daniel Mays as private Walker.
Tom Courtney as Lance corporal Jones.
Bill Patterson as private Frasier.
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Rose Winter.
And a nice touch Frank Willians as the vicar (he was the vicar in the original series) and Ian Lavender as Brigadier Pritchard (the original Private Pike)

 The setting and weapons are right for the period but the film seems to be lacking something.  As a comedy it fails dismally, it's just not funny, indeed theres very few attempts at even being funny, it's mostly serious.
 Does it compare to the original tv series and film.. No!  Buy or rent the original, much better and a LOT funnier.
Bill Nighy does a good job of copying Private Godfrey, and Tom Courtney tries hard to be Lance Corporal Jones, he's close, but it's not quite there, the rest have little in common with the original cast.

Waynes rating 5/10  it's ok but don't watch it if your a fan of the original series, you'll be disappointed..

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