A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate "fish out of water" as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.
I really enjoyed this movie, based on a true story of a group of Cornish singing fishermen who made it big in the chart against all odds. This quintessentially British themed movie targeted for a largely British audience delivers the goods, it comes from the same genre as Four Weddings and a Funeral or indeed the recent Fighting With my Family.
Whilst this movie may be lacking in the fireworks of a car chase, organized crime, drugs and gratuitous sex, it is a solid movie in every respect. With a tight script, brilliant camera work, fine music, great scenery, and plenty of jokes, it has much to offer.
You might find some cringe-worthy scenes but they are only fleeting in their embarrassment to everyone. I would single out Daniel Mays, who played Danny the musical agent from London, for special praise, he trod the line of comedy and pathos, romantic lead and nerd so well against a backdrop of dour old seasalts.
This movie gives you exactly what is on the tin, no more and certainly no less.
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