Greg goes legit
- Whisky Galore! review by NC
Nice little re-make of a very old, known, film. All good acting and takes very simple plot along well. Characters all credible, and Greg shows he can actually act without a string vest on.
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Quite a poor adaptation of Compton MacKenzie's book and the Ealing Film
- Whisky Galore! review by rh
Compton MacKenzie was a prolofic and talented Scottish author whose works have been adapted for film and TV. Whiskey Galore and The Monarch of the Glen are probably the two most famous. The first is loosely based on the sinking of SS Politician which sank off Islay with a cargo of alcohol destined for the West Indies.
In the Ealing Films version it was played very much in the slapstick style and thanks to some great British character actors became a much loved success. Unfortunately, the remake cannot decide whether to be true to the book or the earlier film and as a result has the charm of neither. As a previous reviewer said, some of the characters needed work, but also, in my view, did the sets. It felt low budget, almost made for TV with indoor or restricted shots. No sense of the grandeur of the Isle or the remoteness of the location. at the time of the events, there were no decent roads to the Inner Hebrides and so the community really was isolated. The villagers could never see why their locawhen there were few decent roads to the Inner Hebrides. This is something the Ealing film achieved.
There is on tour an all female cast version and it is much better than this film on a thousandth of its budget
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