Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dad's Army

UK Release Date: 5th February 2016

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 (www.imdb.com).

Director: Oliver Parker (St. Trinian's, Johnny English Reborn)

Starring: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blake Harrison, Tom Courtenay, Daniel Mays

2016's Dad's Army movie is a big fat homage to the T.V. series, but painstakingly so. Silly, stupid and seriously not funny, Toby Jones' Captain Mainwaring and his team of blithering fools lead the Home Guard, too old or unfit for the front-line. There's a spy in their midst but they'e too loved-up with Catherine Zeta-Jones' provocative journalist to see past their noses, which is infuriating, as it depicts men in a flawed vision. Zeta-Jones looks terrific, Jones, Nighy and Gambon nail their roles but a lack of laughs and a long, drawn-out plot diminishes any interest in the plot. Dad's Army's for the fans, no one else. 


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