Watch: Sunshine on Leith 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships..
Plot: Davy and Ally have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships. Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers.
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A soul-warmer for cold evenings.
I’m not a fan of musicals. I’m not quite sure why I should enjoy watching people sing their conversations instead of having a straightforward, impassioned talk. Sunshine on Leith isn’t that kind of musical.
Sunshine on Leith is cheesy, predictable and I had a fab time watching it! Adapted for the big screen, from his own stage play, by Stephen Greenhorn, Sunshine on Leith will be known by many as the Scottish comedy rammed to the gills with The Proclaimers’ songs. The twins even enjoy a brief stroll in front of the camera and I found myself having a private game of Which Proclaimers’ song comes next? in the cinema.
Three soldiers return home to Scotland after a tour of duty and try to adapt to life on civvy street. While Davy (George Mackay) goes home to mum, Jean (Jane Horricks), dad, Rab (Peter Mullan), and sister, Liz (Freya Mavor), his best friend Ally (Kevin Guthrie), who is dating Liz, stays with his sister’s family. On a celebratory night out, Davy hooks up with his sister’s friend, Yvonne (Antonia Thomas) and over the next few months we watch as three relationships (Jean & Rab, Ally & Liz and Davy & Yvonne) evolve and deal with the challenges life throws at them.
I’ll be honest (as always), Sunshine on Leith is not a great film. There are occasional moments of ropey acting, it is difficult not to grimace at some of the circumstances, it all flows and finishes entirely too easily, there are far too many avenues hinted at but never explored, I’m pretty sure it’s not a fair representation of Scotland and it’s far from being an accurate portrayal of squaddies returning from warzones.
In terms of feel good films, it’s out of step with the likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and lacks the gritty charm of Ken Loach’s little seen but superb The Angels’ Share. There is an entire subplot starring the latter’s Paul Brannigan as Ronnie, the third of the trio of soldiers, that is hinted at but not fully explored, as if time was of the essence and director Dexter Fletcher felt the need to excise him for pace, and it leaves us wondering why he was left in the film at all.
But, gripes aside, this is an entertaining, inoffensive, thoroughly enjoyable experience that doesn’t need detailed analysis. Take it as it is, lap it up, feel good about yourself and then move on.
Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks, though not a couple one would automatically think to put together, play perfectly against each other as the couple nearing their silver wedding anniversary. Knowing the musical talent that brought Horrocks to the fore, it is an almost agonizing wait for her to be given her chance to sing but you’ll be satisfied to know she has a few moments in the limelight. Though Mullan may not be a natural singer, he handles his numbers very well and there is no danger of him ‘doing’ a Peirce Brosnan (in Mamma Mia!) or Russell Crowe (in Les Misérables).
The central trio of MacKay, Guthrie and Mavor gel well, hold the attention, engage us and bounce well off each other, but the jaw-on-the-floor performer here is Antonia Thomas. She has been sorely missing from my life since she moved on from the dark, twisted and utterly fantastic Misfits and it’s good to see her back on screen after such an absence. She performs well and is the equal of her peers here but when she sings Wow!
There are more than sufficient high points in Sunshine on Leith to forgive all the missed opportunities and false starts. Given the choice, I would embrace another twenty doses of Sunshine on Leith than a single, torturous repeat experience of Les Misérables.
It was an eight star film when I emerged that settled comfortably into a six star once the euphoria had subsided. Sweet, fun, very enjoyable indeed, Sunshine on Leith is sure to be an absolutely huge hit with the ‘only go to the cinema once a year’ brigade. When the nights grow dark and cold this is a very good reason to venture out and warm your soul.
This is a musical – it’s a very good musical – Jason Flemyng is totally priceless….
Keeping this review on point, I will review the film for what it is not for what it is not. Based on the musical play of the same name, two boys come home to Leith, Edinborugh in Scotland from the Middle East. One is hoping to settle down with his long term girlfriend, the other isn’t too sure what he wants. Thrown in among the mix are a daughter from the fathers past, and a singing museum curator who totally steals the show.
Having seen Dexter Fletcher’s first film, Wild Bill, this is a real departure and its good that he perhaps did something people did not expect for this second Movie. I knew nothing about the film before watching it and I am NOT a massive fan of musicals on screen, with the exception of Bugsy Malone (Which Dexter was also in) and Once, not very many of them transfer to well to the big screen, but here the film rolls rather seamlessly from the dialogue to the musical numbers, once you accept that’s what you’re watching and just go along for the ride. Although top of the acting plaudits must surely go to Jason Flemyng for his all singing all dancing curator he totally steals the film and must surely be the UK’s most under-rated actor by the critics, but not so in the industry, shouts must go out too, to the four young leads. Antonia Thomas is the strongest, charming her way through the film with a dynamite presence while the two lads George McKay (very good in Defiance and ever stronger here) and Kevin Guthrie are both actors I would cast in a heartbeat. The rest of the well rounded cast fill out all their roles brilliantly (Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan make a lovely couple here)and even Freya Mavor is great in the less interesting role.
I know this film won’t be too everyone’s taste and if you haven’t ever enjoyed a musical and you don’t especially like The Proclaimers, then it’s probably not going to be your thing, but as a musical that delivers on a heartfelt fun story, with good performances, there is so much to enjoy I cannot find fault in it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director Dexter Fletcher
Writer Stephen Greenhorn
Actors Paul Brannigan, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie
Country United Kingdom
Awards 1 win & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa Studio, Zeiss Master Prime Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, London, UK (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A