(This review may contain spoilers).
I hadn’t actually intended to go and see this film. Although it looked like it might be good, I tend to have quite a variety of different films I want to see, so one I’m not so sure about tends to fall by the wayside. But when my dad and step mother asked me and my brother if we’d like to see it with them, I thought it would be a nice thing to do together… even though my brother ended up not watching it with us.
This was actually quite a nice family film. The use of the food that served as a way of creating connections between the characters worked quite well, in my opinion. I did see the romance coming a mile off, but that always seems to be the way with films. In this instance, I found the romance to be, in turns, sweet and frustrating.
There were some comedy moments in this film, but a lot of it was centered around the family aspect, which I felt worked really well. It was also interesting to see, towards the end of the film, the effects of success.
I was a little bit confused over the family relationships at times, but the actors were believable and it was nice that there weren’t a lot of bad things happening in the film.
I do have to say that I noticed the actress who played Marguerite kept slipping up in regards to the accent. I do think Helen Mirren is a really good actress, though, and the actor who played Hassan was really cute as well as portraying a believably nice man.
I’m not sure this film is one I’d see again, but I definitely enjoyed viewing it this time.