This Beautiful Fantastic Reviewed by Jarred Tito


The Premise
A young woman who dreams of being a children's author makes an unlikely friendship with a cantankerous, rich old widower.

The Review
A playful and fun story that will have you yearning for a brighter day, while at the same time find you content in following this simple yet complicated drama as a young lady discovers The Secret Life of her disgruntled neighbour.

Simon Aboud, the director from, 'Comes a Bright Day', has created a fun little drama that has a deeper tale to tell. It features some wonderful acting from Jessica Brown Findlay, who you might recognise from the TV series Black Mirrors. She is the forgotten librarian, Bella Brown, who struggles to make ends meet who was meant for greater things. One day she is unexpectedly saved from her mundane fate when her grumpy neighbour, Alfie, unwittingly sets off a chain of unforeseeable events after he dismisses his cook, played by Andrew Scott.  This is the beginning of a new start for Bella which ultimately turns her life around for good.

There is a love interest, there is a dream of becoming a children's story book writer and there is a battle with a determined landlord who has promised to evict her unless the garden area behind her Cottage Flat is tidied up brought back to its former glory.
Jeremy Irvine, from the movie Warhorse, plays an eccentric yet inventive love interest. He sweeps Bella off her feet. However, though his character adds an interesting aspect to the story his role is not critical to the plot.

Andrew Scott plays the role of the house Cook and is pivotal to the plot. He is both funny and timely in this movie. I enjoyed his character.

However, it is the performance of Tom Wilkinson who plays Alfie Stevenson the uptight neighbour that adds the true drama and comedy to this whole satirical satire. I have long since being a fan of his dramatic work and in this movie, he once again rises to the occasion and takes the movie to a level which it may not have reached without him. His relationship with Jessica Findlay’s character is superb and makes for good viewing.

The Verdict
I enjoyed watching this film. It is light, it is entertaining and it does have a nice rewarding pay off at the end. In many ways, it's cute and in some ways, it's also eccentric. But it is certainly something that will warm your soul and perhaps even give you a bit of a laugh now and then.
  
The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 22nd June 2017
Rating: PG – Contains coarse languageDuration: 92 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy Drama
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine, Andrew Scott
Director: Simon Aboud (Comes A Bright Day)

The Extras
Originally announced in 2009, with Carey Mulligan and Joanna Lumley attached to star.