Benjamin Maio Mackay
What We Did On Our Holiday - 3 Stars
This British movie is clever, at times funny, but has some tearful moments as well.
Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue - hilarious and emotional in equal measure - the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.
Billy Connolly really shines in this movie, he doesn’t seem to be playing a character as much as the role seems like it was actually based around him. His performance is the funniest in the film, but he also has some of the most emotional lines, that he delivers just as well as the comedy. David Tennant and Rosamund Pike are fantastic actors, but neither have much experience in comedy and this does clearly show. However, they are saved by the fact that most of their scenes are actually quite sad or emotional. They comedic scenes they were supposed to share are very much downplayed, but their lack of comic ability doesn’t detract from the plot. The real stars of the film are the children who have superb comic timing and are cheeky, funny, but they also bring the right level of emotional depth to the film.
Overall a clever comedy, that uses great actors, but can be equally as sad at times, so bring your tissues!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas