A comedy about a dysfunctional family visiting their sick grandfather for his birthday.
I had no idea what to expect from this film. It looked like a fun film to watch, and as it went along it just got better and better.
For one thing, I think its quite unwise to call it a comedy. While there are plenty of funny scenes, it also has a great deal of heart and pathos which may be lacking in any other similar comedy film.
It feels a bit like the television show Outnumbered but with better characters and plot motivations. There was a brilliant cast in this film, with such greats as Billy Connolly and David Tennant. It could be described as predictable, but manages to evade this and manages to be a really great film.
This film takes all of the quirks of childhood and makes them sing. It shows that while children can be quirky and funny, they try their best too and want the best for everyone, while also being befuddled by how confusing adults are and the seeming frailty of human relationships.
I loved this film because it surprised me. It was also unexpectedly moving, and Billy Connolly playing the ailing grandfather was masterful and superb. I highly recommend this film.
MY RATING: **** / *****