A Horrible Misfire, 18 December 2010
Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom
The St Trinians stories are good ones. I feared the worst with the first remake, and was pleasantly surprised. I watched this second “reimagining” – and was very disappointed. So, what went wrong? Three things, Russell Brand was missing, Sarah Harding is not good enough to carry a female lead, and too much of the action was out of school.
I suspect that the budget was bigger for this one, but it was wasted off premises. The charm is “the school” in the broadest sense, and this was lost in a bizarre plot focusing on lost pirate treasure. No St Trinians story is complete without “Flash”, yet he is missing. David Tennant is lost in the strangely written role of Lord Pomfrey, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth reprise their roles in the first film, but to much less effect.
Previously Stephen Fry was brought in to boost the final act- and it worked, together with Girls Aloud as the School Band. This time around there is no such imagination or stardust. To mess up what is fundamentally such a strong concept takes some doing – but that is exactly what Directors Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson do. Most damning for a comedy – it isn’t funny