The Mail on Sunday - Event - - FILM - Christo­pher Bray

While wish­ing no ill on the dead, it has to be said that Robin Wil­liams’s early demise spared us his much-mooted re­make of Kind Hearts And Coronets. Alas, an­other Eal­ing clas­sic, Whisky Ga­lore!, hasn’t been so lucky.

Alexan­der Mack­endrick’s 1949 orig­i­nal was a whim­si­cal comedy of man­ners, in which the lo­cals came to­gether to best the bu­reau­crats. In that age of ra­tioning, this was a story that spoke to the pub­lic. But how to make it con­nect with to­day’s pam­pered cyn­ics? On the ev­i­dence of Gil­lies MacKin­non’s re­make (15) ★★★ , the answer is, don’t bother try­ing.

Oh, yes, the movie looks a treat. And MacKin­non gets some nice turns from the likes of James Cosmo, El­lie Ken­drick and the late Tim Pig­ott-Smith. But Ed­die Iz­zard is badly mis­cast as Cap­tain Waggett (he’s sim­ply too in­tel­li­gent to play for pompous Main­war­ing-in­spired laughs), while Eal­ing’s con­flict-free class-con­scious­ness has zero pur­chase.

What’s not to like about Riviera (15) ★★ ? Seven hours of thrills and spills on the Côte d’Azur with Ju­lia Stiles (pic­tured top) and An­thony LaPaglia. Bring it on!

Well, take it off ac­tu­ally. You’d have more fun watch­ing your hair grow. Ju­lia and An­thony play Ge­orgina and Con­stan­tine Clios, an uber­rich cou­ple sur­rounded by a knock­out art col­lec­tion. But it’s not knock­out enough. Ge­orgina is dis­patched to Manhattan to bid for a paint­ing, while Con­stan­tine par­ties on the yacht of a Rus­sian oli­garch (Matthew Marsh, hav­ing great fun vid his ark-cent). Then the yacht blows up.

And that’s it. Ju­lia then spends nine episodes dis­cov­er­ing what the rest of us knew as soon as we saw her hubby: he was a wrong ’un. But he was also the only half­way in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter in the show.

For gen­uine glit­ter, get the new Blu-ray of A Fish Called Wanda (15)

★★★★★ . Yes, we’ve all seen John Cleese’s (above, in­set) mas­ter­piece a zil­lion times. But this reis­sue is stuffed with ex­tras – among them 24 al­ter­nate or deleted scenes, all good enough to have made the fi­nal cut. A gem.

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