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Grit-meister Paul Andrew Williams switches to the key of C major for a commercial crowdpleaser about a seniors' choir

Paul Andrew Williams is a director associated with edgy and challenging movies, one of which, the gritty London to Brighton, was one of the best British films of the last decade. But now, just to show versatility, he has created a likable, mainstream and commercial heartwarmer about old people in a choir. It's a movie in the key of C major – perhaps inspired by Stephen Walker's 2007 documentary about the Young@Heart chorus of eightysomethings in the Us who cover rock standards. This is a sweet-natured, charming, if modestly conceived picture, which is much better than Dustin Hoffman's recent oldie-song drama Quartet – more relaxed, more persuasive, and it actually delivers the all-important musical climax that Hoffman somehow managed to omit. Terence Stamp plays Arthur, the grumpy old husband of Marion, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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