Cemetery Junction

"OK"

Cemetery Junction Review


There's a strong autobiographical tone to this British period drama, and the cast is very good. But by never focussing the story in a meaningful way, the film pales in comparison to its nearest predecessor, An Education.

In the Cemetery Junction area of Reading in 1973, Freddie (Cooke) is a young guy just starting a new job selling insurance while his best friend Bruce (Hughes) still works in the local factory and their goofy pal Snork (Doolan) makes announcements at the train station. Freddie clearly has ambition, and is happy when he runs into old flame Julie (Jones), who turns out to be the fiancee of his supervisor (Goode) and daughter of the company boss (Fiennes).

But both Freddie and Julie have doubts about heading into suburban respectability.

The distinct touch of Gervais-Merchant can be heard in much of the film's lively dialog, which specialises in people comically saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. This adds to the snappy editing and jaunty tone, but starts to wear a bit thin when we realise that there's not much more to this than watching a guy trying to get his "real life" going. Sure, it's very nicely observed by the cast and crew, but it's neither original nor funny enough to be memorable.

There's also the problem that the three central characters are screenwriting-class types: nice-guy everyman Freddie, hot-headed Bruce and silly Snork. And for contrast, Julie is progressive, intelligent and sexy. All of them are well-played by the bright young cast, but Fiennes and Watson steal the show as a restrained couple who have settled for the status quo. In their eyes, we see that they know what they're missing in life, and their different responses to this give the film a provocative zing that's otherwise lacking.

The plot also slips into film-school structure as it builds to a sudden action-type climax and a big emotional finale. Ultimately this is a small movie, a relaxed and cheery bit of nostalgia that probably should have been made on a fraction of the budget. That might have added some grit and authenticity to what is otherwise a perfectly adequate, slickly made drama about growing up.



Cemetery Junction

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 14th April 2010

Distributed by: Sony Pictures

Production compaines: Sony International Motion Picture Production Group, Columbia Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 57%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 15

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer: , , Charlie Hanson,

Starring: as Freddie Taylor, as Julie Kendrick, as Bruce Pearson, as Snork, as Len Taylor, as Mrs. Taylor, as Mr. Kendrick, as Mrs. Kendrick, as Sgt. Wyn Davies, as Mike Ramsay, as Freddie's Gran, as Renwick, David Earl as Brian the Cafe owner, Matthew Holness as Band Leader, Michael Jibson as Cliff

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.