(This review may contain spoilers).
I remember seeing quite a few episodes of Dad’s Army… and that my dad really liked the series. So when a movie came out at the cinema, I was instantly eager to watch it with my Dad… and the rest of the family, too.
I don’t remember a lot about the series now, but I recognised quite a few of the actors from the original. It was good to see the rivalry between Wilson and Mannering… and I liked seeing hints of the relationships the members of the Home Guard had outside of their patrol.
It was fun to see the bumbling nature of the army and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. While I can’t say there was much in the way of mystery (it was fairly obvious from the start who the bad guy was), it was amusing to see Mannering discovering the same.
It was good to see the women play quite a big part, especially towards the end. I liked seeing Godfrey’s sisters also play a big part… and that they were the ones who knew the truth first.
This film definitely didn’t have much in the way of historical accuracy (although there were some things that were accurate), but I did find this really entertaining to watch… and as well as the normal Dad’s Army actors, there were quite a few others that I recognised.
There were a few good elements of tension in this film, even though it was primarily a comedy. And it was good that the comedy came mostly from the characters… even though there were some instances of more slapstick comedy.
I’d say this is a good movie to watch if you enjoyed Dad’s Army… you probably don’t have to be familiar with the series to enjoy this, though there are some in-jokes. There are also a couple of bloopers in the end credits that it’s worth staying for.