Sunday 4 March 2012

The Decoy Bride review

The Decoy Bride (12A, 89 mins)
Director: Sheree Folkson
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

When a big movie star (Alice Eve), due to marry David Tennant’s writer, gets sick of always being hounded by paparazzi, they head somewhere remote to get married in peace and end up on the fictional Hebridean island of Hegg. There Katie (Kelly Macdonald) is a lovelorn singleton who gets roped into being a decoy to divert the press, and she and Tennant get rather arbitrarily shoved together while the real bride goes missing. With a nice light tone that’s frothy without being too zany, this is a predictable and undemanding bit of fluff that’s inoffensive enough but all just a bit wet and underdeveloped, with little reason to invest in the circumstances. Macdonald shows a real flair for light comedy but Tennant is out of his depth and essentially it’s proof that Britain is every bit as capable of making insipid rom-com fare as Hollywood.

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