Reviewed bynlaing1Vote: 9/10/10
This lovely and humorous little production of a classic tale reallymade my Saturday night, I came out both invigorated and satisfied. Ichuckled and tutted (at the characters) along with the whole audience,and I could feel others tapping their feet along, or really enjoyingthe music.
Gregor Fisher proves himself a masterful comedic character actor again,playing a grumpy but wily father and postmaster in the lead role. EddieIzzard deserves commendation for given depth to a character screamingto be either played as an outright fool, or as a serious and glum twodimensional character. The rest of the cast are fantastic andskillfully directed.
Overall I would recommend this movie to any lovers of independent feelgood movies, it definitely reminded me of how I felt upon leaving ascreening of Amelie years ago. Very family friendly, and an idealantithesis to the stream of ridiculous Hollywood action movies of theFast and furious 8, triple x ilk.
And regarding people saying it didn't need to be remade, howpreposterous to review a production this way. Stories are retoldconstantly, its the nature of the beast. One of the beautiful thingsabout the cinema and theatre is the diversity in which a simple talecan be re-imagined, bring it to life in new ways. I can only assumethis opinion come from purists who love the original so much they wouldhate to see anything even slightly different, so any real opinion onthis production is unbelievably biased.
I never give 10/10, because I would reserve that for such amazingpieces of cinema like the Godfather and alike. So understand 9/10 is avery good score.
Reviewed bygordonianmacleodVote: 9/10/10
Loved this remake of a 1949 Classic. Lots of subtle additions/changesto the original with a great new Scottish soundtrack. A must watch foranyone new to or familiar with this story. If you are familiar with theoriginal, it is important (though near impossible) not to contrast andcompare, but if you can or are coming afresh to this movie, it standson its own as a humorous story. Only gripe is, it is a shame there arenot more modern Scottish films of this nature. There is after allplenty material about out there.
Reviewed byHellmantVote: 7/10/10
'WHISKY GALORE': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A British World War II comedy, that's based on the 1949 film of thesame name. The movie tells the story of a group of Scottish islanders,on the Isle of Todday, that attempt to steal 50,000 cases of whiskeyfrom a ship stranded offshore. It's set during the 1940s, when whiskeyrationing was in effect. The film stars Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard,Sean Biggerstaff and Naomi Battrick. It was directed by GilliesMacKinnon and it was written by Peter McDougall (a veteran TV writer).The film has received mostly positive reviews from the critics thathave reviewed it. I enjoyed it as well.
The story is set in 1941, and it's loosely based on true events. TheScottish islanders living on the Isle of Todday were suffering fromsevere whisky shortage (due to the rationing that was in effect duringWorld War II). When they hear about a ship stranded on the rocks justoffshore, called the SS Cabinet, that was carrying 50,000 cases ofScotch whiskey to America, they decide the opportunity to steal thewhiskey is just too good to pass up. They're only problem is a HomeGuard officer, named Captain Wagget (Izzard), who is determined tomaintain law and order on the island.
The movie is funny and extremely upbeat; even given the subject matterof theft on a grand scale (and in reality a large amount of money wasstolen from the ship as well). It reminds me of a lot of other Scottishand Irish islander comedies I've seen (like 'WAKING NED DEVINE'). Ifyou enjoy that type of film, you'll probably get a good kick out ofthis. I think it's a well made and enjoyable movie, but it's alsonothing too memorable though.
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Scottish islanders try to plunder cases of whisky from a stranded ship.