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FILM REVIEW: Dad’s Army (PG)

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Released : 5th February 2016
Rated : PG
Running Time: 100 mins
BBFCinsight: Mild bad language, Violence, Innuendo
Director: Oliver Parker
Stars: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Tom Courtenay, Bill Paterson, Blake Harrison, Daniel Mays, Michael Gambon, Martin Savage, Frank Williams, Sarah Lancashire, Alison Steadman, Annette Crosbie, Julia Foster, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark Gatiss

The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon from the much loved BBC TV series ‘Dad’s Army’ returns to the big screen for another adventure.

Set in 1944, WWII is nearly at an end and the allies are about to invade Europe.

MI5 have detected a foreign agent sending radio signals from the Walmington-on-Sea area and Captain Mainwaring (Toby Jones) and the Home Guard platoon are given orders to track down the spy. Conveniently a young female reporter (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has joined them to write an article on the Home Guard for a magazine.

As things transpire the reporter already knows at least one member the Walmington-on-Sea platoon and loyalties become crossed.

REVIEW: Bringing back a much loved classic series, especially without the original cast, is always problematic however the casting in this film is absolutely brilliant. With Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring and Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson the Walmington-on-Sea platoon comes to life once again just like the original TV series.

The storyline is excellent with twists, turns and many, many laughs as Captain Mainwaring’s men go about the business in a hapless and entertaining way.

I very much enjoyed this film in-fact I have been to see it twice already. With such perfectly cast actors the BBC would be stupid not bring Dad’s Army back to  the small screen and make some more episodes for TV.

This film is good clean family entertainment. I can definitely recommend it. 10/10.

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