Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Volcano: Movie Review

The Volcano: Movie Review

Cast: Dany Boon, Valerie Bonneton
Director: Alexandre Coffre

Once more into the world of French farce for Dany Boon.

In this latest, also known as Eyjafjallajokull, he plays Alain, a divorced father trying to get to his daughter's wedding in Greece. Also on the flight is his ex, Valerie (Bonneton), and the pair simply can't stand to be near each other.

But when that Icelandic beast, Eyjafjallajokull erupts, the pair are forced to work together to get to the wedding in time - via whatever means necessary.

The Volcano - or Eyjafjallajokull - is a farcical piece that looks better than it actually is. Beautifully filmed parts of scenery stand out more in this than the petty squabbles and silliness within. The level of silliness occasionally becomes distracting from the idea of these two teaming up to get to where they need to. While it's definitely French in flavour, it's also incredibly slight and too difficult to really engage with the pair of them due to the growing irritation all around.

All in all, while The Volcano has good intentions, you have to be in the right mood for a farce. It's not as good as The Intouchables (the team's previous outing) because it doesn't have the heart within.


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