Jack Whitehall as hapless teacher Alfie Wickers makes the move from small screen to big screen with this cinema take on his popular BBC sitcom. Things begin to unravel when Alfie takes his students on a trip to Cornwall where they clash with the locals. Subtle it ‘aint, but fans of the TV show should be well pleased.
Director Tim Story’s 2005 adventure featuring the quartet of comic book heroes was a major disappointment for fans and he fared little better with the follow-up in 2007 despite the addition of the Silver Surfer. Unfortunately director Josh Trank has failed to learn anything from those films because this origins tale of how Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing got their powers is another disappointing attempt to get this iconic fantasy story onto the screen.
The success of fashion models moving from runway into acting has been a bit mixed, but Cara Delevingne proves here that her screen career is unlikely to be short-lived with a captivating performance as the free-spirited Margo Roth Spiegelman, who becomes the infatuation of a geeky teenage boy (Nat Wolff) who lives across the street. This teen romance, coming-of-age tale is not going to win any prizes for originality, but has a certain charm that’s hard to resist.
The original films about the hapless Griswold family that starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo couldn’t themselves be described as comedy gold, but they were decent knockabout fun. Sadly though this attempt to resurrect the franchise with a story about their son Rusty (Ed Helms) now grown up and trying to get his own family to the fabled Walley World rather flounders in their wake.
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