Finding Your Feet – Film Review
Director: Richard Loncraine
Writers: Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft
Stars: Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley
Sandra (Imelda Staunton) is living her version of the perfect life in middle class suburbia. Her husband Mike (John Sessions) is just about to retire after many years hard work. At the retirement bash Sandra hears a strange noise coming from the garage. She follows it to discover her husband kissing her best friend! In a state of shock at this long standing affair, she decides to move out of the house straight away. She arrives at the door of her bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie), who lives in an inner city apartment a world away from what Sandra has known before.
As you may have guessed, this is a fish out of water story of relatively standard issue. Director Richard Loncraine is known for his work on Band of Brothers and also Richard III (1995) which starred Ian McKellan. He has assembled an impressive cast for this production and that really is the best thing about it. There are smaller parts for actors such as John Sessions and Joanna Lumley which really give this film life.
The downside of this is the quality of the writing, which is not of the same order. Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft have been involved in the film industry for many years, but neither has a work of any great merit to their credit. Sadly, they will not be known for this production either. While there are a few surprises, it takes a number of safe options and never really gets to grips with the characters.
Along the way there are romances, dancing and a variety of other mishaps as Sandra learns a valuable lesson about what is important in life and love. If that all sounds fairly standard issue, it’s because it probably is! It’s aimed at a similar audience to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and it has a very strong cast of older English actors. It creates an enjoyable and light hearted entertainment that does its job well, but with the impressive nature of the cast I was expecting something more substantial, like making a burger out of fillet steak! With Mike Leigh regulars such as Spall and Staunton leading the way you would expect something of greater depth but if you’re looking for a safe comedy that won’t offend, this will tick a lot of boxes.