Mel Gibson looks 'pasty' and not 'buff' and the whole thing is played for laughs, right up until the end where they kill him again.
All in all it's VERY baffling and only provided a total of 17 BIG belly laughs. No-one even used the Braveheart catchphrase "There can be only one" either, so the marketing possibilities are a write-off. I didn't want to say "me too" more than a handful of times.
The only thing in its favour was that the depiction of Scotland seemed reasonably accurate - not ONE wireless router in sight and no-one checked their email during the ENTIRE film.
Herman complained about the lack of "kilt action", but I'm assuming he's confused - he thought we were watching Wallace & Grommit for the first 20 minutes. It's not clear when the misunderstanding crept in. Possibly in the car on the way there.
In conclusion: 2 stars ** for effort, but essentially a pedestrian script let down by a reliance on CGI.
That said, I had a GREAT time and will DEFINITELY buy this on DVD (or whatever format is best at Christmas time - probably an internet one).
Here's a great idea for a TV show like the X Factor but better: Kurt Russell, Louis Walsh and a token woman (possibly Agatha Christie) are the judging panel on 'The Wow Factor'. Members of the public can do ANYTHING at all, and if they make two out of three judges say "Wow", they are through to the next round.
Examples would be:
- A blind train driver ("wow - how does he do work?")
- A Harry Potter lookalike ("wow - enough said")
- A man who owns TEN windmills standing before you (I'm literally saying "wow" at the very concept)
The sooner ITV jumps onto forward-thinking programs like this, the sooner watchers will come flocking back = good news for advertising. The current programming schedule is an embarrassment. No wonder Robbie Coltrane refuses to work for them.
Don't let Cowell on board though - he'll take the money for himself and NOT plough it back into quality detective drama like 'Trotter'. I can GUARANTEE this.
Herman is still keen to get the 'Cowell' look. If you have any pointers, let him know (using amateur radio, ideally).