Why? The original sereis and film were fine, why the need for a remake?
Based on the 1960s British sitcom of the same name, this comedy follows the exploits of the part-time soldiers of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard during World War II. As the war nears its end, the platoon receives a visit from a beautiful female journalist just as they begin to suspect there may be a German spy among their ranks. The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard may finally have an opportunity to impact the war. Directed by Oliver Parker, Dad's Army stars Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, and Toby Jones.
As a fan of the T.v series and the original film I was very disappointed not worth one star!
Not a bad effort at updating the old TV sit com - Toby Jones gives a passable Mainwaring but the whole thing lacks the charm and comic timing. Pike is too old and not stupid enough - makes you realise how brilliant Ian Lavendar was in the part. The story is dragged out and becomes somewhat tedious there doesn't seem to be much in the way of a war going on for 1944 - no barbed wire preventing people from using the beaches and too much cake! Ratioing would have been in full swing by then. At least the TV stuck to the history a little better.
Could have done with a sub plot or two. Nice to actually see Elizabeth and have women involved in the war effort tho.
This film is absolutely fantastic highly reccomnded its funny in my opinion some parts of the film are quite tense again highly reccomended
Sorry but this is a rubbish film. It isn't particularly funny and most of it feels so out of joint that it loses it completely. It doesn't capture the spirit of war time England in the slightest and deciding that the whole film should turn around every old man falling for a single woman, willing to have an affair with her is just plain boring and this topic should never be set at a PG, honestly what message is that? With only one old lady noticing anything wrong in the woman who just arrived from nowhere, who no one knows when they are expecting a spy, on the spy front they didn't make such a big thing of themselves as that brought them at risk of being discovered.
As with another reviewer we didn't watch it all as it was so boring and badly done with none of us liking the whole basis of your film, and that's with 2 males & 1 female in the house.
Bad buy and I wish I could get my money back. If you want dads army don't buy this, it is not dads army.
Put simply and as briefly as possibly this is appalling!
Appalling to waste such good actors with a script which had no humour. What a waste and a waste of £4.49 to watch it.
When this movie first came out I could not wait to see it. I was really surprised by the negative reviews it received. I watched the film after loving the original tv series ever since I knew of its existence. Throughout I took in which different character the actors portrayed and I could easily link them with that character. What I found amazing was how the actors for this film learnt how the original actors for the series moved, talked etc.
Furthermore, this is like the filler for the gap that was missing from the series, what Captain Mainwaring and his Home Guard were up to towards the end of the war! I have to say I did indeed enjoy the small jokes plotted around the movie, was in stitches when Godfrey... no wait better not spoil it ;)
Overall, this film is one that needs to be seen by all Dad's Army fans or by people who love WW2 period films.
Unfortunately the script is weak and the director has tried to make the cast too much like the originals. Not a good idea when the original cast list is so strong. Disappointing and would rather have watched 3 original episodes than sit through this.
Despite employment of some great British acting talent this was appalling. Disgraceful script writing and direction. Dad's Army deserved better.
Its an OK film, but if you are expecting anything near the original TV Series, then you will be disappointed.
I enjoyed the film and its one you can watch over and over - sort of background TV - but it is slapstick, it is cheesy and it is somewhat silly. Worth a view!
Did the original TV series have canned laughter? I ask because that's what seems to be missing. We need something to remind us of where the jokes are because they are not very apparent or possibly missing altogether. I managed a couple of smirks but that was it.
It is quite well acted and there is a fantastic cast, but maybe we got to love the original characters too much. On the other hand, I don't think this script would have worked, even with the original cast. It just doesn't portray the witty ineptitude of the original idea.
It is well produced, maybe that is it - too much polish. Or perhaps we need a series to get aquainted with the new cast. On the other hand, if a series was as dismal as this, I doubt it would ever get to 3 episodes let alone 12.
Entertaining and reminiscent of the original series. I wouldn't expect anyone who doesn't remember the original series to warm to it though.
What a let down, the worst film I've seen in years & was so looking forward to this film.
Such a potential, brilliant cast, good story line but it just doesn't work. I was really looking forward to this film, but somehow, they don't pull it off. Better to rent this one.
Really disappointed, some great actors but the plot was poor and the script limp. After I watched this I went straight to the BBC iPlayer and watched an episode at random. It was ten times better.
Absolutely fantastic, loved this film!
It's just OK, but it's hard to improve on the original. Was left wondering....why did they bother remaking it, was it really needed?
Won't download click to buy and it just .... doesn't therefore this is Shyte!
I was raised on Dads Army, I've watched all the old movies, watched all the old TV series and listed to the radio shows and I loved every single one of them!
Being a fan of the show, I have to say this is NOT Dads Army! The comic timing was way-out and ridiculous, and the movie was slow and cringeworthy. Why did the scriptwriters try to reinvent something that was perfect to begin with... totally baffles me!
Please, please, please do not write a sequel! I'm begging you, don't!!!
Boring, stupid, with extraordinary actors who should really have known better. But what angers me the most is that the previews in the press were simply lying about the quality of the film and I feel duped and taken for a ride. And Catherine Zeta-Jones was the biggest disappointment of all, playing a beautiful seductress - what a waste of time, talent and money.
What a challenge to live up the the much loved originals. But it's got the same spirit and is a great pleasure to watch! Will certainly watch it again!! Please make another one!!
With an all star cast and a solid set of characters how could it fail? Be fail it did, only watch 1/2 by which time the family were totally bored and we switched off. The little we saw was not even funny. Shame!
Watching old men look at someone's bottom isn't funny it's slightly worrying.
There is an old episode where Manaring falls for an older lady, that is slightly believable this wasn't. We all know privet Godfrey needs to use the loo having him piss on Jones dressed as a tree isn't funny
It was extremely brave to tackle this subject; the best loved British comedy creation bar none. If you watch it expecting approximations of Lowe, Le Mesurier, Dunn, etc., you will be disappointed. Watch it as a new take on the story, moved to the summer of 1944 (the tv series never seemed to get much beyond 1942), as Britain prepares for D-Day. Inevitably, you can't help making character assessments, but taken as a new story, with new and re-newed characters, this is good material. Not flawless; I didn't really take to the idea of the ATS platoon, even less it being run by Elizabeth Mainwaring, who we never saw at all in the tv series, but I suspect the producers/director wanted, err, more relevancy for today? Nice to see Ian Lavender in it, as the regional Brigadier, and, of course, Frank Williams who can still get away with playing Rev. Timothy Farthing!
What a load of absolute rubbish. Slow, boring and humourless. Definitely regret buying this!
Okay, so my expectations weren't high for this. But with such a wonderful cast, I did wonder how bad it could be. But nothing could have prepared me for the sheer witless mess that I sat through. A script that Talbot Rothwell would have been embarrassed to toss off on a bad day. A comedy utterly devoid of jokes. And actors who really should have known better. Not only does this sully the original (and completely misses what made the original so timeless, and universally beloved), it takes it out and mugs it. This is possibly one of the worst - and most annoying - films I've ever seen. What a waste of ten quid. Avoid like the plague.
It's a lovely film packed with nostalgia. It honours the original without attempting the now usual 'reboot'. It does require a sense of humour and an appreciation of the British spirit which is probably why some of the reviews are mixed. CZJ and Toby Jones are particularly excellent although no one really lets the side down from this great cast.
I expected to be disappointed from the moment I heard this film was going to be made.
I was wrong, great cast, great production & great film
Unfunny to say the least. Once you change characters, you change and ruin what was a brilliant comedy series. This is doomed from the very start.
A remake a reinvention of a great original is not original, fresh or great. What is the point ? Doomed to failure this. Panic at film making such as this.
Contrary to what others may think, this film is not doooooooooomed where reviews are concerned. This film is in exactly the same spirit as the show! It contains a serious plotline, intertwined with the hilarious antics of Captain Mainwaring and his platoon of misfits, as they attempt to uncover a german spy who is right under their noses (although Mainwaring is the last to notice it!). The casting is brilliant, with each cast member acting faithfully to their original counterparts, and it even has Ian Lavender, who fans will recognise as the original Private Frank 'Stupid Boy' Pike, and Frank Williams reprising his role as the Reverend Farthing. Two things left to say: 'Don't Panic, Mr Mainwaring, Don't Panic!' and, in light of this film, 'Who do you think you are kidding, Father Time, if you think this show's forgot?'
The amusing comedy of manners of the original, where Wilson may or may not be involved with Mrs Pike, may or may not be Pvte. Pike's father is gone. Indeed, all such subtle sources of comedy have been removed.
Add to that a feeble and seemingly tokenistic addition of stronger female characters rather than giving them a proper role, and already you might perceive the problem.
Now add very poorly directed slaptstick that is cringeworthy (it could have been a redeeming feature - but it certaintly isn't).
On top of this, place a number of actors who overplay their roles and highlight a seeming lack of understanding of the sensibilities in Britain during the war (Mark Gatiss is surprisingly poor in this vein.)
When you see how lacklustre the perfomances of the new incarnations of Sgt Wilson and Private Fraser are, you realise just how good the originals are.
After having the boxes ticked of each of the characters' catchphrases, we then grind on through a film that seems to want to tell us that top brass would divulge dates such as D Day to anyone (Croft and Perry would have seen to it that even the Colonels featured wouldn't know that sort of information).
Perhaps most unforgivable in this mess: the point where the "plot" (I would warn of a spoiler here, but truly by this point in the film things couldn't really get any worse) sees Godfrey's sisters phoning Paris to check something. Quite a feat phoning an occupied country - and perhaps something they could pass on to the spy who is still taking the trouble to lug about a large radio set.
Oh, and Wilson is now a former Oxford don it seems. Well done writers, another home-goal by adorning that character with too much of an utterly unbelievable backstory. What was needed beyond upper-class well-meaning fecklessness? Nothing, that's what. The film shows very well here that in comedy, less can most certainly be more.
I'm so disappointed, as Toby Jones and Michael Gambon have been in some great things - but their presence cannot save this abomination.
By the end I was rooting for the Germans.
OK, so, the plot is implausible. It doesn't matter. It's a feel-good story, a nostalgia fest that makes you hug yourself in delight as the roll call of talented British actors just goes on and on. And they all seem to be having so much fun. But the real treat is Catherine Zeta Jones who steals the film from under the noses of the lot of them. And she too seems to be having a right-Royal good time. Ignore the sceptics and enjoy.