I’m a big fan of Dad’s Army, I have all the DVDs but still never miss it when it’s on TV so I swithered about going to see the new film version, but given the fantastic cast I decided I had to give it a go.
We went to the nearest cinema which I hadn’t been to since seeing Gandhi there way back in 1982, we didn’t have to worry about getting babysitters then! I remember it because the cinema was completely packed out and I was sitting next to a man who smoked all the way through the film, so I saw it through a fug of smoke. It now seems so weird that people were ever allowed to smoke in cinemas and theatres. In the intervening years the cinema had changed completely and instead of normal seats it has lots of leather two seater sofas, as springy as a trampoline, but with lots of leg room for once, it was very comfy.
Anyway back to Dad’s Army. I really enjoyed it. It’s always going to be a big risk when something as legendary as Dad’s Army is updated but they did stick very much to the originals and the acting was mainly really good. Sir Michael Gambon is particularly good as Godfrey and Bill Nighy makes a good Wilson. They haven’t tried to do impressions of the originals but are similar types, the only one I thought didn’t quite hit it right was Tom Courtenay as Jones.
There are plenty of nods to the original series and also one to Braveheart which you can see if you look at the trailer below.