Sunshine on Leith
Submitted by Lando Cakes on 5 October 2013 - 8:49pm
This film shouldn't work - yet it does. Firstly, it's a musical: I don't like musicals (some 25 years later, Mrs Cakes is *still* on about the time I mistakenly thought that going to see Absolute Beginners was a great idea). Secondly, it has but the whisper of a plot. Thirdly it constantly teeters on the edge of sentimentality. And yet it transcends all of these. Partly it's the songs- The Proclaimers have an astonishing selection of first-rate pop songs, of which I knew every word, and they are used to good effect. Partly, it's the city - the film's true star. Edinburgh has never looked better. But mainly it's because it's a lot of fun. It never takes itself too seriously and there's some genuinely funny moments (look out for the nod to Trainspotting). The ending is a glorious Bollywood pastiche that must have the Edinburgh hotel trade collectively wetting themselves with joy; bookings will be up on the basis of that alone.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Edinburgh. Restless Natives, Slumdog Millionaire. And so on. It's a feelgood film. With added songs. What more do you need to know?