Touted as this year's Full Monty, Waking Ned Divine is no such thing. It's a worthy enough movie, but not in the class of the Montsters.When a local in a small Irish village wins the lottery, two old crones decide to figure out who the winner is and shower them in generosity, in order to get a share of the pool. When they find the winner, and find he died of shock from his win, they decide to take his place and claim the cash. Cue lots of quirky Irish locals, some small-town humor, a naked motorbike ride or two and a lot of 'feel-good'.
Waking Ned Divine takes some time to get started. In fact, if you arrive fifteen minutes late, you'll not miss too much. The longer it goes, the better it gets, but it's no mental challenge. You can pretty much predict what will happen way before it does, right down to the climax.
The performances... well let's just say it's in the Out To Sea category. Nothing challenging, nothing outrageous, nothing of note. Old folks kicking up their heels. The subplots are distractions, and really contribute little to the overall in any way other than filler.
So it all sounds very negative, eh? Well, it's not fantastic, but in reality Waking Ned Divine is a sweet film that will make you chuckle a time or two. You won't hate it, you just won't rave about it.Worth a quick look if it's on at the $2 theatre near you and Life Is Beautiful has moved on.