Frances Winston thinks that Finding Your Feet has plenty of warmth and humour and will bring a smile to your face
Directed by: Richard Loncraine – Starring: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence
Even if I wrote nothing about this film, one look at the cast list would probably fill you with hope of being highly entertained. Some of the stalwarts of British comedy are here, and it’s fair to say it’s hard to find a previous disappointing performance amongst them.
That’s not to say that they couldn’t be dragged down by a bad story. However, this tale of a woman rediscovering her joie de vie, with thanks to her bohemian sister after she discovers her husband is having an affair, has just enough twists and surprises to keep you engaged.
Staunton plays the woman in question. A snob of the Hyacinth Bucket variety, who is forced to flee to her sister’s council flat (Imrie) when she discovers her husband’s shenanigans. Reluctant to get involved in any activity within the community, she eventually caves in, and finds herself part of a seniors’ dance class, realising that there is life outside the confines of her previously upper-class existence.
While the story may be standard fare, this is far from pedestrian. It is peppered with enough one-liners and slapstick moments to bring a smile to the face of even the most hardened cynic.
Staunton and Imrie riff off each other magnificently. It’s actually hard to believe they are not real-life sisters at times. They are ably supported by Spall, Lumley et al, who appear to have had a joyous time making this film.
This has more warmth and humour in its little toe than the average rom-com, and it is great to see an older cast getting the chance to shine. While this isn’t going to set the world on fire, it is a wonderfully pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. You will run the emotional gamut, and find yourself really invested in these characters’ lives.
Yes, it has some incredibly silly moments (including some 11th hour exposition from a character that really was somewhat unnecessary) but overall, this is a worthy addition to the annals of British Drama. It fairs warms the cockles, and will definitely leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
In Cinemas February 23rd! See trailer below: