Save the Cinema is the story of Liz Evans, who lives in Carmarthen South West Wales, who starts a campaign in the 90s to save the local Cinema/ Theatre (the Lyric Cinema). With the help of Richard Goodridge a local politician they get Steven Spielberg to show a premiere of Jurassic Park at the Lyric in a bid to Save the Cinema. —Cai PhillipsThis new Sky Movies offering, “Save the Cinema”, is short on finesse but strong on Welsh charm. It’s also based on a true story that I only fully dredged from the deep recesses of my brain as the film was running.Positives:
Notwithstanding my reservations about this one (as below), this was a heart-warming tale of Welsh grit and determination. It really has a lot in common with last year’s “Dream Horse” in this regard. It’s also (bizarrely) based on a true story.Note: I have deliberately NOT described the “bizarre” aspect of the story here, since I hadn’t had that spoiled and it made the film far better for me. Although the facts hovered on the edge of my memory, I only progressively recalled them as the film went on!Aside from the leads, a wide array of Welsh acting talent is given the chance to perform including comedian Rhod Gilbert, Owain Yeoman, Owen Teale and the very attractive Erin Richards, as the mayor’s assistant and love interest Susan. It also pins its Britishness to its sleeve (probably making it a tough sell outside the UK) by featuring Wynne Evans, the “Go Compare” man. It emerges that he has a genuinely interesting link to the film.It’s also great to see Tom Felton on the big screen and NOT playing a villain for once! After roles as Draco Malfoy and the zookeeper in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (a brilliant and under-rated performance in my book) I thought he might end up as the dodgy property developer. But no!Negatives:
I thought the script was really pretty ropey:- The film clunks along with many lines that you really wouldn’t imagine anyone saying in reality. At times Liz muses to herself out-loud as a device to move the plot along, when a “show-don’t-tell” approach would have been perfectly sufficient.– There’s a conflict injected between Liz and her husband David that seems false and purely added for dramatic effect.– At times the film overly signposts where its heading, killing any sort of suspense in the story (a ‘goodnight’ scene with Jonathan Pryce being a prime example).Summary Thoughts on “Save The Cinema”: This movie was clunking along, in my opinion, at around the 5/10 level for most of its running time. As Douglas Adams would have put it, it was “mostly harmless”. Its ace-in-the-hole was the bizarre historical event that comprises the finale of the movie: an event that caused something irritating to get in my eye and an unexplained lump develop in my throat. For this reason alone, I added on the extra point.”Save the Cinema” is available on Sky / NowTV Cinema (at least, it is in the UK)(For the full graphical review, please check out #onemannsmovies online. Thanks).
Stars : Louisa Cliffe, Krrish Patel, Jonathan Pryce, Louisa Cliffe, Krrish Patel, Jonathan Pryce
Genre : Drama
Country : United Kingdom