A really well crafted and touching story that not only shines light on this amazing group of women, but also honours all the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Screenwriter: Rosanne Flynn, Rachel Tunnard
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 112 Minutes
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
When I first read the they were going to make a film out of the story of the Military Wives choir, I wasn’t sure how they could turn that into an engaging and interesting film to watch. But somehow, they have managed to create something not only engaging and interesting, but heartfelt and pretty damn emotional too.
While their partners are away fighting in Afghanistan, a group of women get together and form a choir to help them take their minds off of what is going on abroad. What starts off as a fun distraction becomes a media storm as the women are invited to sing at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall. This film is based on true events.
Now I know that no doubt did the film makers take a few liberties with the story as is the case with all ‘True Life’ stories, but in ding so they have created a truly amazing story and a set of really relatable and fully realised characters. All the women have their own distinct personalities, and they all have their own small side stories going on, but none of it enough to over shadow the main storyline of the film. The stories of the women are at times really heart breaking and emotional, but the writers do a great job of balancing that out with a good dose of humour every now and then and, at least in the screen I was in, it worked well with people genuinely laughing along. Too often comedies go by without anyone in the screen really laughing.
Kristen Scott Thomas does a fantastic job as our leading lady, and while her character could come across as bossy and a little unlikeable, by the end of the film, you see that she actually is the heart of the group and that alone is emotional to watch.
There is a lot of downtime in this film, where not a lot is happening and the women are just talking amongst themselves, which can slow the pace down a little bit, which is really my only criticism. But not all films have to be all go all the time. This is just a real feel good film, and if that is something you are in the mood for, this is one that you will love.