Not aimed at me in terms of gender, age or sentiment, this is the slick Hollywoodisation of two of Sophie Kinsella’s popular Brit-chick novels about one-woman credit crunch Becky Bloomwood, played by former Home and Away star Isla Fisher. Under the direction of another imported Aussie, PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding) and co-adapted by our own Tim Firth (Calendar Girls), it recasts the English heroine as an American and fast-tracks her story straight to Manhattan. Fisher is lively and likeable enough, with Hugh Dancy in the “Darcy” role, her suave magazine editor boss. At odds with the recession era in which it was released but tweaked to fit, it has its cake and eats it, as Becky’s profligacy lands her in debt, but her love of material goods is still played as aspirational, Sex and the City-style “retail porn”.
This tale of wartime derring-do is given a bit of extra zip when you discover that it’s based on the real-life exploits of 007 creator Ian Fleming. James D’Arcy plays Fleming, who sets Sean Bean and Danny Dyer off on a sabotage mission in Norway.
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