Sunshine on Leith (PG)

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Sunshine on Leith

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Tue Oct 1 2013

Dexter Fletcher’s Proclaimers musical – everyone’s calling it ‘McMamma Mia!’ – will put a big daffy smile on your face. Even if Fletcher gave away gold iPhones in cinemas, he could hardly make watching ‘Sunshine on Leith’ more of a feelgood experience. It’s a wet, sloppy dog-kiss of a film.

What it has over ‘Mamma Mia!’ is decent songs. Seriously, the Proclaimers are miles better than anyone probably remembers them. The songs are straight from the heart (‘If I get drunk… I’m gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you’ – as declarations of love go, it’s the best most of us can hope for). And the lyrics are bang-on for the story of a couple of squaddies – childhood mates – back in Edinburgh (‘I’m on My Way’) after a tour of Afghanistan, working in call centres, falling in love.

The story is a bit predictable and rough around the edges. But it’s heart-on-the-sleeve sweet. Even Peter Mullan – Mr Rent-a-Nutcase – goes all Tom Waits with a growlingly sweet rendition of ‘Oh Jean’. Warning: if you enjoy sentimental in the same way that you enjoy a stomach bug, avoid. Everyone else, take tissues.

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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Oct 4, 2013

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Dexter Fletcher

Screenwriter:

Stephen Greenhorn

Cast:

Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Antonia Thomas

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The Man on the Street

I saw Sunshine on Leith last night at Rooftop Film Club in Peckham Rye. Perhaps it was a case of the right film in the right place, but I have to give the whole experience 5 stars. Joyous !

Pushti

This is a brilliant film! Once you've settled into believing that people in Edinburgh spontaneously burst into song it's a great tale of life and love with a high feelgood factor that sends you out into the cold dark night singing away. The finale is fantastic.

Pushti

This is a brilliant film! Once you've settled into believing that people in Edinburgh spontaneously burst into song it's a great tale of life and love with a high feelgood factor that sends you out into the cold dark night singing away. The finale is fantastic.

Josh Emerson

Great film with some outstanding performances! Being from the glorious Edinburgh myself I have to say I found it difficult if not impossible not to love this film and even shed a tear or two! It really captures the atmosphere of our lovely capital and connects instantly with the audience through the classics of the mighty Leith born and bread Proclaimers who's songs never seem to lose their touch. Thank you for such a great film that made my week! I can only recommend as I have with most of my friends and Family.

Josh Emerson

Great film with some outstanding performances! Being from the glorious Edinburgh myself I have to say I found it difficult if not impossible not to love this film and even shed a tear or two! It really captures the atmosphere of our lovely capital and connects instantly with the audience through the classics of the mighty Leith born and bread Proclaimers who's songs never seem to lose their touch. Thank you for such a great film that made my week! I can only recommend as I have with most of my friends and Family.

Geddy

Great fun, even for those who don't normally care for musicals. The songs - and especially the heart-felt honesty of the lyrics - fitted the story like a glove. So refreshing to see a film set in Scotland with more authentic, not hackneyed "Och eye" characters. There are some genuine tear-jerking moments, such as when Peter Mullin's character sings of his love for his wife, and the final set-piece with a large ensemble crowd made up of members of the public singing and dancing to "500 Miles" outside the National Gallery is terrific. Oh, and watch out for The Proclaimers themselves in a cameo apparance coming out a a pub near the beginning.

Geddy

Great fun, even for those who don't normally care for musicals. The songs - and especially the heart-felt honesty of the lyrics - fitted the story like a glove. So refreshing to see a film set in Scotland with more authentic, not hackneyed "Och eye" characters. There are some genuine tear-jerking moments, such as when Peter Mullin's character sings of his love for his wife, and the final set-piece with a large ensemble crowd made up of members of the public singing and dancing to "500 Miles" outside the National Gallery is terrific. Oh, and watch out for The Proclaimers themselves in a cameo apparance coming out a a pub near the beginning.

Bowler's steering lock

I thought the review over-egged this film and I love the Proclaimers. The film feels too theatrical and lacks some of the wit and emotion of Mamma Mia? I just prefer the brilliant original Proclaimers tracks in all their passionate glory rather than they be murdered by luvvy/stage school types who can either sing perfectly in tune or well..can't??? More feel alright than feel good, although it did reinforce the message that Edinburgh is a beautiful city...

Juan Carlos

This isn't just a musical it is a near 2 hour extended advert for Visit Scotland. You know it is an act of fiction because the sun always shines in Edinburgh in this film. I have one minor quibble that the accents were at times so strong it became difficult to follow the story. These minor quibbles aside we have a joyous and at times very uplifting film. At times the film has genuine pathos and at others will have your toes tapping. You will laugh, you will cry more than once and you will leave the cinema with a spring in your step and a smile on your face. A solid gold four star joyfest.