Strik­ing the right tune

Mercury (Hobart) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - LEIGH PAATSCH

THIS is a quaint, low-key slice-of-life com­edy-drama from Bri­tain.

The screen­play is loosely in­spired by the true story of some folk-singing fish­er­man from Corn­wall who went from war­bling ran­domly in the open air for the love of it to en­ter­ing a stu­dio with a seven-fig­ure record deal to show for it.

It’s a nice enough yarn in its own right, but the movie is car­ry­ing of lot of for­mu­laic ex­cess bag­gage that keeps the pac­ing slow and ex­pec­ta­tions low.

The mu­sic, how­ever, is an ir­re­sistible de­light through­out — even if sub-plots re­gard­ing a town-ru­in­ing prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and a dull ro­mance be­tween a show­biz ex­ec­u­tive and a group mem­ber’s daugh­ter are very re­sistible in­deed.

It stars James Pure­foy, Daniel Mays, Tup­pence Mid­dle­ton. Fish­er­man’s Friends, M, Hooks, lines and singers, UK, 112 min

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