In this British drama which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year, a group of women in England whose partners and husbands are away serving in Afghanistan, end up forming a choir on the military base. They would soon become a media sensation and global movement, but most importantly discover that together, they find in the hardest of times, there's strength in harmony. Without a doubt a wartime uplifting story following the blueprint of The Full Monty, though this is emotionally much more fulfilling and undeniably pleasurable to watch. The trailer doesn't do it justice, though that's a good thing as you get much more than you expected.
The two lead actresses are the strength of the movie at its core with their effortless portrayals; one as an uptight, chilly character who can't let go of the reins, and the other, a laidback and unconventional character who doubts her abilities. These two personalities clash as they try and organise the women around them, and an uneasy partnership is formed. The idea of a choir grows into something none of them could have expected. Jason Flemyng plays a small but loveable role as he oversees the women.
This is not an alien formula you've not seen before, but nonetheless irresistible. It's a crowd-pleaser with heart-swelling drama and injections of laughter of sadness thrown in. Thoroughly entertaining.