Finding Your Feet (dir. Loncraine)

Image: Cast of Finding Your Feet during the big climactic number [Source: IMDB]


It is often said that it is never too late to start living, a statement that is at the forefront of Finding Your Feet, as stuck up, judgemental snob Sandra (Imelda Staunton) finds her cushioned retirement plans put to an end after finding out her husband has been having an affair. In her distraught condition, she goes to her nonconformist sister, who lives a vastly different life to her own and slowly they reform the bond they once had and opens Sandra up to a different way of life.

Director: Richard Loncraine. Starring: Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie [12A]

Decorated with great British talent from yesteryear, Finding Your Feet attempts to produce a feel-good film for the older generation, akin to the recent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Finding Your Feet achieves just this and more with varying results. What this film executes perfectly is the feel-good nature of the genre, it’s not difficult to find yourself being swept up in these believable and sympathetic characters, while nothing more than two-dimensional they are easily lovable and easy to digest which is ideal for the feel-good factor. This is put down to the astonishing talent on-screen, none of these recognisable talents put on career showcases but they sit easy on-screen and blend into their characters effortlessly.

Mostly where Finding Your Feet falls short is the lack of spectacle or captivating story, the film lazily churns out the tried and tested formula for these films and rolls with the punches, never stepping up in significance. This results in a rather dry and ill-paced first and final act, full of cringe comedy and flat dramatic scenes, the film is only redeemed by its ‘happy go lucky’ tone and direction to which adds a flair of wit and humour that only this kind of film could pull off with success. Thankfully the direction is equally on par with its emotional investment, as previously stated its full of swooping and heartfelt moments that add more to what you are seeing on-screen and where it truly shines is its ability to leave a lasting feeling, what these films should be doing and Finding Your Feet certainly does; Is appeal to old and young and not only give a message of seizing life while you can but putting life in a different perspective for younger audiences.

Finding Your Feet does not offer career shining performances or a significant and mesmerizing feel-good film, but what it does achieve is giving a good time with a lasting positive message and feeling for an audience which is what it set out to do. One for young or old this is a fun feel-good romp with plenty of heart.

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