Fisherman’s Friends – the film: a review by Nick Scott

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Nick enjoyed “Fisherman’s Friends”:- “This movie was a very nice surprise, being much better than I could have thought.”

Going by all the advertising I was expecting a fish-out-of-water comedy about some Cornish fishermen who someone tried to sign up as the next musical money-makers.

Seeing that the British are known for great comedy I was looking forward to it. The comedy is in there but there are so many other things.  All of the characters have really well written stories and the theme of love comes up in love for ones homeland, love for friends, for women and children.

The movie is set in Port Issac in Cornwall ( where the television comedy Doc Martin is set), a village where everything is based around the sea. This is made clear by spectacular shots of the land around the village and over the ocean. The music which is sung by the fishermen is almost like another character in the film.

The main characters are mainly all fishermen but all have very different personalities and back stories. The contrast between the few London-based characters and the world they live in is brought out by use of contrasting shots of the city and the Cornish countryside. It was a good move by the director to keep some of the urban characters as aliens in the rural setting, because it makes the changes in one of them more obvious. This movie is full of very worthy examples of good film-making.

I saw it with my mother who is in her late sixties, and she told me she really enjoyed it; this is a rare thing for her to say after a movie. I would definitely recommend this movie, you do not need to go into it expecting anything in particular. In fact, just be ready for a new and satisfying experience.

Even just looking at the visuals, it is a great advertisement for Cornwall.

Nick Scott Nick Scott has a B.A from The University of Waikato where he studied film under Sam Edwards. Nick has retained a keen interest in cinema. He studied Te Reo Maori at Te Wananga O Aotearoa part-time for 3 years and then from 2014 to 2016 Nick collaborated in writing “The Traveller’s guide to Maori Place Names”.

And here’s some of the “real deal” performances

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