What We Did On Our Holiday: Review

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A bittersweet, surprisingly funny drama about the pressures of family, marriage and old rivalries, from the creators of BBC Comedy series Outnumbered.

What We Did On Our Holiday is a must-see British film about Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike), an unhappy couple travelling to the Scottish Highlands with their three children to visit Gordy (Billy Connolly), Doug’s father, who’s preparing to celebrate his 75th birthday.

Gordy’s health is deteriorating quickly and, as a result, the couple agree to hide their intention to divorce, although the kids seem to struggle with keeping their secret under wraps.

The real protagonists of this funny, touching and candid comedy are the little ones, with sensible big sister Lottie (Emilia Jones), who keeps a journal to keep track of the lies she’s supposed to keep up, irresistible four year old Jess (Harriet Turnbull), whose best friends are two heavy rocks called Eric and Norman, and six year old Mickey (Bobby Smallbridge), whose obsession with Vikings will eventually come in really handy.

As we experience a breathtakingly stunning cinematography, giggle at the all the outrageous things the children say or do, a darker and morbid plot twist keeps you glued to the screen, moving you into uncomfortable territory where you won’t know whether to laugh or cry, or both at the same time.

When the children take matters into their own hands, the adults end up tangled up in a web of lies, feuds and bickering, proving that maturity doesn’t always come with age.

Deeply moving and hilarious at the same time, What We Did On Our Holiday manages to strike an incredibly skilled balance between comedy and tragedy, with outstanding performances by Billy Connolly, Ben Miller, Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and, of course, all the young actors. An unmissable British jewel.

What We Did On Our Holiday opens today in UK cinemas.

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