So promising. Great actors. ‘Based on a true story’ authenticity. And a chunk of London ripe for complex storytelling.
Instead it’s an insipid mash up of sitcom, farce, twee London scenes and characters, and indulgent cinematography.
There are lots of scene-setting shots showing off the intended beauty of the area. Most of these belong in tourist ads or on Gardener’s World rather than a character movie. But then you’d expect characters in such a thing. And they’re a bit weak on the whole. They’re not that credible for sure.
Most of the characters seem to be lazy stereotypes or caricatures: posh fakes, daft do-gooders, pompous asses, etc.
Even Keaton and Gleason don’t get to do much beyond play characters who should be complex but just seem vague and confused at best.
The film trundles along with its predictable story right up until its predictable and sickly end.
You’d be better off watching three weddings and a funeral again if you want some entertainment based in London.