At last – Britain has produced a true geri-action film. Albeit more geri and less action, Dad’s Army takes on Jerry with a troupe of the ablest British national treasures available.
The new – and exceptionally well picked – residents of The Best Exotic Mainwaring Hotel will replace the originals in your mind, and that’s the highest praise.
Revisiting Walmington-on-Sea is a gamble which pays off, a victory owed to both cast and writers. Borrowing enough from the original series and allowing the new faces to develop the old characters, they’ve found the balance so often lacking in reboots.
With an eminently watchable cast having jolly good fun, Dad’s Army is as enjoyable as it could have been for viewers old and new.
CAST: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Blake Harrison, Daniel Mays, Bill Paterson
DIRECTOR: Oliver Parker
WRITERS: Hamish McColl, David Croft & Jimmy Perry
SYNOPSIS: The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.