Save the Cinema is an enjoyable movie about community coming together.
Director: Sara Sugarman
Writer: Piers Ashworth (Screenplay) Lorraine King (Story)
Starring: Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Owain Yeoman, Maya Millard, Harry Luke, Tom Felton, Owen Teale, Adeel Akhtar, Susan Wokoma
Plot: The story of Liz Evans, who lives in Carmarthen South West Wales, who starts a campaign in the 90s to save the Lyric Cinema.
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Save the Cinema starts when Liz Evans (Morton) finds out her beloved cinema and theatre has been marked for demolition. Corrupt mayor Tom Jenkins (Akhtar) plans on building a shopping centre. Through the small South West town in Wales Carmarthen.
Liz decides to make a stand against Tom, by moving her business into the theatre. Making in impossible for the building to be destroyed. Forcing Tom into trying to find alternative means to get the job done. Showing the power of the campaign and the heart in the village.
Thoughts on Save the Cinema
Save the Cinema is a charming comedy drama showing the real fight to save a theatre in the middle of a town. That is marked for demolition to build a shopping centre. It will show how communities will come together to achieve this. Working together to take a stand before turning to a mega star to achieve fame. Being one of the first places Jurassic Park would be shown in the world.
The film does well to paint the fighters as everyday people looking to keep the town together. With a future on the line, but never makes out the people trying to destroy it as greedy as they could. Certain aspects of their characters teasing more towards something bigger happening to them as a consequence of their action. Only for nothing to come of it.
The performances are great throughout the film as each star will make you want to see them more. With support characters getting plenty more laughs than the serious side the leads need to keep.