The lady in the van film review

UK release date: 13/11/15

Runtime: 104 minutes

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, James Corden

This is, so I’ve read, adapted from the 1999 hit West End play of the same name. Unfortunately, it seems what makes a good play does not make a good film.

The film is based on a true story. The problem with films based on true stories is that, unless they take some poetic license, a lot is left unresolved and not delved into deeply.

A lot of questions were left unanswered in this. And the characters were very passive. Yes, this film is the story of a women who lived in her van for fifteen years in Alan’s Bennett’s driveway, but what was the point of this film?

I know it’s a true story, but it is also been made for entertainment and is apparently a comedy, (which I find untrue because I barely smiled during it).

If it wasn’t for Maggie Smith charismatic and believable performance then there would’ve been nothing to this film. She poured enough emotion into it that, at one point, I did get tearful.

Alex Jennings was also excellent in portraying a character I didn’t feel sympathetic to at all, even with his strange narration style.

All in all , the film left me feeling bitter and disappointed.

To sum up, not funny, pointless, some excellent acting

Was it worth the watch? No

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 2/6


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