Every so often you see a movie that really exceeds your expectations. It happened to me today.
I thought “What We Did On Our Holiday” was going to be a light fluffy piece and I mainly wanted to see it because David Tennant (the artist formerly known as Dr. Who) was in it. I like him and I like his presence on screen.
Well, it was much more than light fluff. I was really affected by it – I cried lots (as did the people around me in the cinema) and I laughed out loud (very loud!) lots. It is a movie that works on every level. The casting is brilliant – even down to the three children in it. Billy Connolly was superb and even Celia Imrie in a tiny role was incredible (has she ever been anything less that incredible – I remember seeing her years ago in “Pat & Margaret” and thinking she was amazing). The two leads, David Tennant & Rosamund Pike are warm and natural – they feel real.
The scenery of Scotland was just beautiful – kind of makes me want to go there and check it out. And it really was a case of laughing uproariously one minute and bawling your eyes out in the next. I came out of the cinema feeling like ‘yes, this is what justifies the whole movie making business!’ Because it is a really positive life-affirming journey that is just a cut above anything similar. Perhaps it is the fact that it was made in Britain rather than America that gives it this quality – think of ‘Pride’, ‘Four Weddings & A Funeral’, ‘Educating Rita’ and about a thousand others over the last 30 or so years!
It was terrific to see it in a V-Max cinema with brilliant picture and sound – it really added to the experience – particularly the Scottish scenery.
I’d really like to get everyone I know to see it. Some of them may be too cynical to let the story cut through their cynicism – but I reckon most of them will have a similar reaction to me.
What We Did On Our Holiday is just a bloody good film – I am so glad I saw it.