Jack Dodds was a regular guy, so why the strange last order to have his ashes thrown off the pier at Margate? And why did his wife Amy refuse to do it? As their Mercedes speeds towards the sea, an emotional mystery unfolds, where the men try to understand Jack's death by reliving their life through him... the war, the children, the good times and the bad. The journey becomes a pub crawl full of drink-ups and punch-ups and the men discover that through it all, it's your friends who break your heart... and your friends who mend it.
Kushti film bout getting past it + goin dahn Margate wiv yer old chinas...
- Last Orders review by PV
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There are 2 really bad things about this film: a terrible soundtrack of the sort of music one may see on some 4th rate corporate training video, and secondly, the fact there are no subtitles on the DVD!
Otherwise, I loved this film. Great acting from great actors (Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, the late David Hemmings and the late Bob Hoskins plus Helen Mirren) illuminates a slice of social history as we see how people's lives were affected by events and attitudes of the 20th century.
What's more, it is just about the only film I know to feature Margate, Chatham and Rochester.
This is a film to wallow in and contemplate; if you want fast paced plotting, this is not for you.
But I loved it. Such a shame the music is so rubbish. So glad this film avoided what would happen these days, especially at the hands of the pc BBC (unnecessary female characters and storylines tagged on; loads of token black and Asian characters to up to diversity quotient).
Good old-fashioned film-making and none the worse for that - and it's from a best-selling award-winning novel.