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Film Review: A Wonderful Christmas Time

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If you need something to keep you smiling now that Christmas and New Year are over, this comedy from the makers of Benny & Jolene might do the trick. It isn't quite as sophisticated or streamlined as that film but it does have a kind of goofy charm to it that is welcome during these days of generous meriment.

The set-up works as a romcom meets sketch comedy, with a general romantic plot working alongside improvised moments of awkwardness and hilarity. It works on the whole, although the structure feels a little shaky at times.

Dylan Edwards and Laura Haddock are our two leads (with a variety of friends in tow) and their chemistry works superbly throughout. Haddock is becoming a very accomplished actor, appearing in both Upstairs Downstairs and Ripper Street, and her natural charisma makes her a delightful screen presense. This might be seen as a bit of a slight work by some, but it has a lot of fun in its heart and festive spirit at its core. A sweet, good natured offering.

A Wonderful Christmas Time (2014), directed by Jamie Adams, is in cinemas and VoD providers in the UK, Certificate 15.

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