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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

An adaptation of a stage musical of the same name that, like its origin, uses songs by The Proclaimers as part of the narrative. It's a decent slice of musical drama, and most of the actors appear to be having a good time making it.
The actual songs are great, lively and catchy like many of Charlie and Craig's best works, and the cast perform their own vocals, dubbed in afterwards. That's all well and good, but the production isn't always complementary to the chosen locale. Many people won't mind that, but for me the end result is that, while the performers have the benefit of multiple takes, the ambience of many scenes feels wrong, particularly during the more fragile, heartfelt ones wherein the nakedness of the human voice in a non-studio setting would've been a more powerful and emotionally moving accompaniment.

2½ miles walked out of 5

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