Choir hits a flat note

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Military Wives (12A, 112 Minutes)

With the misery of the new Bond film being delayed by seven months, I decided to take myself to the nearest Vue and catch ‘Military Wives’ in the hopes of being cheered up by the hilarious Sharon Horgan, of Catastrophe fame, and Kristin Scott Thomas from Four Weddings and a Funeral (who, interestingly, was nominated for worst actress at the Razzles in 1986 for Under the Cherry Moon, directed by none other than Prince).

There really wasn’t much of a selection this week, but who else is going to give film a grilling? (Ed: Well, me – but having watched Godzilla King of the Monsters on TV this week I couldn’t have faced another film that seems to have no justification whatsoever for being made – Editor/Dad)

Military Wives follows…well, military wives. With their husbands away on service in Afghanistan, the ladies form a choir to lift their spirits and build up morale with the uncertainty of their partners ever returning hanging over their heads.

Did I like the film? No. Is it a bad film? I don’t know. This is one of those cases where subjectivity comes speeding to the forefront of this evaluation and becomes a case of whether the problems lie mainly with the flavour of content.

If you’re a fan of The Full Monty or even Four Weddings, which I must add I hold in very high regard, then this may very well be the film for you. But it’s certainly not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

Horgan and Thomas are grand talents, and the emotional relationship between the two as they struggle to pull the choir together is certainly something that doesn’t feel forced, but that’s saying something for the rest of this film – it all feels insanely overacted and the writing is achingly poor. It’s the kind of dialogue that almost convinces you the creative team have carried on writing this past the point of knowing the material just doesn’t work.

That being said, there’s bound to be an audience for this and whilst the film may well fall down the box office drain, I’m sure it will be a pleasant Sunday night treat for mums and nans.

RATING 2/10

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