Thursday, 9 October 2014

What We Did On Our Holiday


Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) are a soon to be divorced couple, who are going on holiday with their three kids to Scotland to see their grandfather Gordie (Billy Connolly) on his 75th birthday. When they arrive, the kids find out that Gordie has been suffering from terminal cancer, and Doug's brother Gavin (Ben Miller) is throwing him a posh party to celebrate what could be his last birthday.

This is going to be a relatively short review, simply for the fact that I don't particularly want to have to talk about this film for any longer than I need to. I'm not entirely sure whether I just didn't react in the way the producers clearly wanted the audience to, as everyone else in the screening room was laughing away, enjoying the film. But, I couldn't. For a film written and directed by the guys who wrote hit BBC series Outnumbered, this is an incredibly strange film that, for me, just about borders on morally wrong. I can't go into detail about what happens in this film, but what starts out as a reasonably fun, lighthearted little comedy soon turns into something very, very strange and just not quite right.

The first act of this film is adequate. Within five minutes we're in the car on the way to Scotland, and it has the exact humour style  and tone of Outnumbered, so it already feels a bit well worn and predictable. Some of the jokes hit, although none are particularly memorable, and some sink to the floor like a dead weight. Connolly gives his best, and the kids have a few good moments, but there's nothing particularly impressive here. There isn't really much else I can say without spoiling it, other than that something not particularly nice happens in the film's middle half and, whilst it does become serious for a while, characters soon begin to joke about something that just shouldn't be laughed off. Again, I'm not sure if I'm simply overreacting, but What We Did On Our Holiday was one of the most uncomfortable 90 minutes I've ever spent in the cinema.

To Summarise: Despite Connolly giving his best performance, What We Did On Our Holiday suffers from an awful plot, poor writing and an overall lack of moral family values.

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