Loosely inspired by the real-life story of Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, who were a group of Cornish fisherman from Port Isaac that got snatched up by Universal Records, this largely tells a fictional story about a music executive that gets pranked by his Universal boss to sign up a group of sea-shanty fisherman.
This feels pretty conventional, by-the-numbers, and clichéd as all hell. There really isn’t anything new and you can pretty much map out what’s going to happen and how it’ll eventually wrap itself up by the end. There’s plenty to pick apart, not least Noel Clarke’s weird accent, but despite all of that, you can’t help but feel somewhat charmed by its warmth, spirit and likeability. This feels like the perfect Sunday afternoon film that you can easily watch with your family, providing breezy fun and that’s about it. The performances are great for the most part, with Daniel Mays being incredibly likeable, James Purefoy delivering real weight to his respective part, while the highly-underrated Tuppence Middleton takes what would be seen as a conventional love-interest role on paper and helps elevate it into something somewhat memorable.
In the end, Fisherman’s Friends is a nice cosy watch, despite its predictability and clichéd nature. It’s not a film that’s going to take the world by storm by any stretch of the imagination, but if you want to watch a pleasant, feel-good film that passes the time perfectly fine and leaves you with a smile on your face, this will give that experience, but probably not much more than that.
Dir: Chris Foggin
Scr: Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth
Cast: Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, David Hayman, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Tuppence Middleton, Noel Clarke
Prd: Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, James Spring
DOP: Simon Tindall
Music: Rupert Christie
Run time: 112 mins
Fisherman’s Friends will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 8th.