There’s one word to describe Cuban Fury, and that’s delightful.
A light and fluffy meringue of a film, it romps through its sequinned plot with well-meaning gusto, led by its brilliant cast rather than its narrative. Nick Frost’s romantic lead is propped up by the support performances – most notably Chris O’Dowd’s horrendous love rival, who’ll have you by turns laughing and loathing. Kayvan Novak, Olivia Colman, and Rory Kinnear turn their small roles into screen gems, and there’s even a dance-off.
Yes, it’s predictable and largely forgettable – but while you’re watching it, you’ll have the time of your life.
As shiny-but-ultimately-flimsy as a rhinestone-studded silk shirt, Cuban Fury is such great fun that you just won’t care; it’s genuinely laugh-out-loud from start to finish. It might not match its obvious inspiration, Strictly Ballroom, but it certainly pays homage.
CAST: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane, Rory Kinnear, Kayvan Novak
DIRECTOR: James Griffiths
WRITER: Jon Brown
SYNOPSIS: Years after he ditched dancing, a lovelorn former salsa prodigy is drawn back to the dance floor in an effort to impress his new salsa-loving boss.