WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY | REVIEW

WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY is an English comedy from the director/writers and makers of OUTNUMBERED, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, set in the stunning Scottish Highlands. It follows the formula of young kids being way more intelligent than their years giving grief to their flustered parents who are struggling with separation. This movie has an impressive cast, cute kids and an oddball story. It is out today from Transmission Films in most art house cinemas. It is rated PG and runs for 95mins. 

 

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BY JASON KING

Doug and Abi McLeod (David Tennant and Rosamund Pike) have briefly reunited following a separation to take themselves and the kids on a road trip to Doug’s dad’s 75th Birthday Party. He is sick with the Big C and it is important to show a united front and be there should Gordy McLeod pass away in the near future. The entire group of family and friends will be there for the huge occasion and no one knows of the separation. Tension and shenanigans ensue.

The movie had so much potential with a stellar cast but comes of as a fail for me and most of the time just not funny. It was however a good look at family dynamics and separating families. Overall I was disappointed in this one, it could have been more DEATH AT A FUNERAL but settled on mediocrity, and this was hurtful because that cast, just WOW.

 

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WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | GRANDPA GORDY WITH GRAND KIDS MICKIE (BOBBY SMALLDRIDGE) & LOTTIE (EMILIA JONES)

 

Tenant can do no wrong for me, EVER, he is my favourite Doctor and I am slightly Dr Who obsessed, but for the first time his role was bland and he took the back seat in an ensemble movie that eventually went with the kids as the leads. Pike is on a stellar rise, especially since her dark turn as nut job, Amy Dunne, from GONE GIRL but likewise she also took a back seat, a great supporting role acted well but I wanted more of her. The movie is stolen by Billy Connolly, he is just so charming and comforting as Grandpa Gordy, and he still has that humour. Love the guy – and his dry humour and that accent is so cool.

The kids (Lottie (Emilia Jones), Mickey (Bobby Smalldridge) and Jess (Harriet Turnbull)) are all so cute, and beyond their years and they have some great lines. From what I have read OUTNUMBERED apparently was very improvised so you could get those random pieces of brilliance from children’s minds – but this one is very much scripted and while the kids are all funny and just kids being kids you can hear the lines and a lot of the time it was over acted line delivery. I still found them cute, my guest, found them annoying and too fake.

Special mention to Gavin (Ben Miller), Doug’s brother, the pompous financial trader who has a huge mansion and is wound so tight he looks like he is about to explode the entire time and also Gavin’s wife, the high-strung Margaret (Amelia Bullmore), whose breakdown in a supermarket, caught by the store’s security cameras, is a YouTube treat. I did laugh a lot at this scene.

 

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WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DOUG (DAVID TENNANT), LOTTIE (EMILIA JONES) AND ABI (ROSAMUND PIKE)

 

There is a fairly random change to the pace of the film in the middle, and to be honest, I found this the best part, but they played it too subtle and while I liked that part of the movie it steered the film off what was probably its intended course, if they had followed that with some more slapstick kind of shenanigans it could have been a lot more funny, instead it tied it up with a nice cheesy ending that is like a wet hug.

I do not mean to be so harsh, this is a film I would take my mum to or my grandma if she was still alive and its lightheartedness they would enjoy immensely thanks to some fine performances from well known and comforting actors.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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