I always watch Film 2009 with Jonathan Ross, despite the fact that the last film I went to see had a bloke in the corner playing a piano. It’s interesting to see what’s happening in the movie world and to keep an eye out for must-see movies that will eventually percolate down to DVD release.
Perhaps one to avoid though, is Nativity! – a British comedy about a schoolteacher (Martin Freeman) putting together (you guessed it) a nativity production. Here is Jonathon Ross’ review of the movie, which I find quite funny.
What’s wrong with the film is that it’s unconvincing and lazy on a much more fundamental level. Admittedly it has a certain amount of charm built-in, thanks to the presence of some cute kids and is astutely cast with a kind of who’s-who of modern British comedy performers. All of them deliver confident performances, but also, familiar performances. None of them are called upon to anything they haven’t done before.
However, this over-long, shoddily directed film saves the worst until last. With not just a taste of the nativity entertainment that’s been in preparation, but several whole numbers: all of them dreadful and which I only wish were instantly forgettable. I haven’t enjoyed myself less at the cinema in years and speaking as someone who loves Christmas, those songs almost put me right off it – for life.