“He’s a Han Solo type” A date with disas­ter SWING­ING WITH THE FINKELS (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Martin Free­man.

Martin Free­man, Mandy Moore, Jonathan Silverman, Melissa Ge­orge, An­gus Deay­ton.

JONATHAN New­man’s ro­man­tic com­edy of re­la­tion­ship woes is like a blind date from hell. A po­ten­tially amorous ren­dezvous, which be­gins with ner­vous an­tic­i­pa­tion, quickly de­gen­er­ates into inane con­ver­sa­tion, sti­fled yawns and de­spair­ing glances at the watch. The 84-minute run­ning time seems con­sid­er­ably longer as writer-di­rec­tor New­man’s plod­ding script lurches from one toe-curl­ing set-up to the next, all or­bit­ing the cen­tre­piece se­quence of ill-ad­vised part­ner-swap­ping promised by the ti­tle. Swing­ing With The Finkels is pop­u­lated by thinly sketched char­ac­ters who are des­tined to fall in and out of love sim­ply be­cause the script tells them to. There is no screen chem­istry be­tween the ac­tors. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, Sex, Vi­o­lence.

The 34-year-old heart-throb, who made his comic book adap­ta­tion de­but two years ago in X-Men Ori­gins: Wolver­ine, has now made his tran­si­tion from comic ac­tor to big-bud­get ac­tion man com­plete by squeez­ing into the tight la­tex suit of the Green Lan­tern,...


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