Bank Of Dave: Review

Bank Of Dave: Review

Dave Fishwick (Rory Kinnear) is a man of the people and has helped many of them out in his community. Arranging many loans which have been legally accredited, Dave has saved lives in the town of Burnley. The next logical step is to set up a bank, surely?

However, after a visit from London lawyer, Hugh (Joel Fry) it becomes clear that the journey to financial security will not be an easy one.

Bank of Dave is a feelgood comedy based on the true story of the real Dave Fishwick who indeed did just as the movie portrays. However, Bank of Dave is written by Piers Ashworth and directed by Chris Foggin who made Fisherman’s Friends, taking Dave’s story and moulding it into their tried and tested formula.

The story of a man (or men) with big dreams who is visited by a man from London who has his perceptions of the local area overturned by their generosity and warmth is certainly not a new one. Certainly not new if you’ve seen Fisherman’s Friends either, because you may know exactly where the story may be going.

Unfortunately, if you have then you would be right in that respect because Bank of Dave does nothing other than to give its audience exactly what it thinks they want with no deviation at all. This makes Bank of Dave so predictable that you can practically time when certain things will happen in the plot. It isn’t very subtle either, which may make the audience feel like they’re being forcefully pulled in one direction.

Kinnear does a good enough job with so little characterisation and although his accent could have been better, the audience may start to feel for him (the actor, not the character). Watching as he’s forced to humiliate himself in something so two dimensional.

There’s an economic crisis in the UK as there is in many places around the world and unfortunately Bank of Dave seems to forget that. Woefully misjudging the extent of the problem in favour of a feelgood comedy which seems to think that the solution is all too easy.

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