This well-intentioned British comedy-drama has loads going for it, with a forged of contemporary new expertise and seasoned career-actors handing in strong performances and who all attempt to make this a enjoyable and interesting watch.
Two younger half-brothers face an unsure future after their Grandmother passes away. Omar (Antonio Aakeel – City of Tiny Lights) is made to really feel unwelcome in his new placement and with the assistance of his brother Pete (Trollied’s Jack Carroll), begins an epic journey to find his delivery father.
Aakeel and Carroll have nice chemistry, and are the center and soul of the movie. Their dynamic is well-played as half-brothers who at all times have one another’s backs. I’d have favored to have seen extra of them onscreen collectively truly. The movie’s extra poignant moments are after they reminisce about their childhood and so they come to phrases with their grandmother’s passing and that emotional connection is what me most about this story.
From the supporting forged, Sarah Hoare is sensible as a neighborhood woman who helps the fellows out of a tricky scenario (with hilarious penalties), and actually ought to have been used way more within the movie. Her friendship with Omar is among the standout highlights of the story and may have been developed extra. Sarah Hoare is actually a expertise to maintain an eye fixed out for sooner or later.
Johnny Vegas pops up as a creepy however humorous innkeeper and steadily steal his scenes. It’s a disgrace we didn’t get to see extra of his character too. Vicki Pepperdine and Kevin Eldon are excellent as Pete’s prolonged household. A pair that clearly don’t need Omar to be of their home, they conjure up a number of the movies funnier and cringe-worthy moments. Stephanie Fayerman arms in a heartfelt position because the boy’s Gran.
The promoting level although is Asim Chaudhry (aka Chabuddy G from People Just Do Nothing). He performs Irfan and brings his trademark fashion of comedy to the desk in each scene. Chaudhry basically performs the identical character he at all times does but it surely’s at all times entertaining, and his exchanges with Aakeel specifically increase a chuckle. It’s a disgrace the movie strikes away from their dynamic as a result of the center of the movie ought to have been these two characters interacting way over they do.
Eastenders legend Nitin Ganatra does effectively as Irfan’s disapproving brother Malik and his introduction scene is effectively performed, because the boys flip as much as his home and lay the bombshell down on him that they assume he’s Omar’s father. The household confusion that follows is nice. Darshan Jariwala has a small position as one of many heads of the household, and is at all times watchable too.
Natalie Davies performs Parveen, a annoyed younger girl who takes a shine to Pete. Again, extra of their relationship may have been made however as a substitute the finale goes for a extra slapstick, grand finale. It’s a disgrace as a result of the character improvement that was created firstly appears to be misplaced within the confusion and for me, didn’t make the finale as emotionally participating because it may have been. The brother’s journey begins off effectively, however after they meet Omar’s prolonged household it decides to shift tone and I’m unsure that was the best way to go.
The finale does lose its method a bit, however there’s sufficient right here to ship an entertaining journey all the identical that may conjure up some real chuckles. And it’s shot superbly too, which made for a really nice and welcome shock. Director Jason Wingard is aware of the right way to body a shot and a few scenes, particularly on the beachfront, are attractive to observe. And the movie is well worth the admission value alone for Tom Binns cameo as a hilarious pier-side fortune teller. If you might be searching for a break from the Hollywood blockbuster, Eaten By Lions dutifully obliges.
Cast: Antonio Aakeel, Jack Carroll, Asim Chaudhry, Nitin Ganatra, Sarah Hoare, Tom Binns, Natalie Davies, Darshan Jariwala, Stephanie Fayerman, Vicki Pepperdine, Kevin Eldon Director: Jason Wingard Writer: David Isaac, Jason Wingard Certificate: 12A Duration: 95minutes Released by: Munro Film Services Ltd Release date: 29th March 2019