Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.Written by
When Ally drops off Liz at the bus stop on The Shore, she picks up the 42 bus. The 42 bus doesn't stop there. See more »
The initial credits show the main characters in short outtakes from the film. The order is Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George Mackay, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor, Kevin Guthrie, Jason Flemyng, Paul Brannigan, Sara Vickers, Michael Beat (as Michael 'Cuban' Keat) and John Spence (as 'Wee' John Spence'). This is followed by a listing of the major crew (director, etc,) on a background of the city of Leith in sunshine. Then the credits revert to the traditional scrolling form, starting with the cast listed in order of appearance. See more »
This is a musical - it's a very good musical - Jason Flemyng is totally priceless....
Keeping this review on point, I will review the film for what it is not for what it is not. Based on the musical play of the same name, two boys come home to Leith, Edinborugh in Scotland from the Middle East. One is hoping to settle down with his long term girlfriend, the other isn't too sure what he wants. Thrown in among the mix are a daughter from the fathers past, and a singing museum curator who totally steals the show.
Having seen Dexter Fletcher's first film, Wild Bill, this is a real departure and its good that he perhaps did something people did not expect for this second Movie. I knew nothing about the film before watching it and I am NOT a massive fan of musicals on screen, with the exception of Bugsy Malone (Which Dexter was also in) and Once, not very many of them transfer to well to the big screen, but here the film rolls rather seamlessly from the dialogue to the musical numbers, once you accept that's what you're watching and just go along for the ride. Although top of the acting plaudits must surely go to Jason Flemyng for his all singing all dancing curator he totally steals the film and must surely be the UK's most under-rated actor by the critics, but not so in the industry, shouts must go out too, to the four young leads. Antonia Thomas is the strongest, charming her way through the film with a dynamite presence while the two lads George McKay (very good in Defiance and ever stronger here) and Kevin Guthrie are both actors I would cast in a heartbeat. The rest of the well rounded cast fill out all their roles brilliantly (Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan make a lovely couple here)and even Freya Mavor is great in the less interesting role.
I know this film won't be too everyone's taste and if you haven't ever enjoyed a musical and you don't especially like The Proclaimers, then it's probably not going to be your thing, but as a musical that delivers on a heartfelt fun story, with good performances, there is so much to enjoy I cannot find fault in it.
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