Military Wives Review
What’s It About?
Two women with very different personalities attempt to inspire the wives left behind on a military base to forget their worries with a singing club. The efforts prove such a success that it goes global.
Who’s In It?
Kristen Scott Thomas (Four Weddings And A Funeral, The English Patient, & more recently Darkest Hour)
Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Game Night, & Women On The Verge)
Other notables include:
Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, & more recently Pennyworth)
Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility, Homefront, & more recently The Crown)
Director: Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, The Rocker, & Rev)
After a few years in the relative wilderness, director Peter Cattaneo has returned to his feel-good film roots, following 1996’s smash-hit The Full Monty, with this latest effort, Military Wives.
Loosely based on a true story, Military Wives follows the lives of those women left behind on an army base, while their partners are off risking their lives, fighting in Afghanistan. As stress, fear, despair and boredom prepare to set in, new events organiser Lisa, a straight-talking fun-loving lady and Kate, the bossy but well-meaning wife of the Colonel decide to help organise the girls.
A total mismatch, the pair cross swords on numerous occasions, with the whole disastrous event likely to come crashing down. But then something unexpected happens, and the group starts to bond, revelling in their new hobby, and that manages to bring the two leading ladies together too.
As expected, Kristin Scott Thomas excels as the domineering wife of the Colonel, who can’t help but takeover. Managing to instil plenty of heart and empathy in her character, Scott Thomas forms a perfect odd couple pairing with the ever-likeable Sharon Horgan, and this is the real key to the film.
Director Peter Cattaneo’s film hits all the expected beats with comedy, misunderstanding, pathos, before a rousing reunion in this so-called true story. Laughs are at a minimum, but it is light, entertaining stuff, and thanks to its leads, does just about enough to engage its audience.
In A Nutshell:
A by-the-numbers feel-good film that is painfully predictable, but somehow salvaged by its reliable and impressive leads.
Kristin Scott Thomas & Sharon Horgan’s deft lead performances
The script is surprisingly affecting despite its predictability
The script is a little ropey on occasion
Certificate: 12 / 12A