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|Originaltitel:||Walking on Sunshine|
|Regie:||Max Giwa & Dania Pasquini|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 98 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years]|
Her holiday flirt three years ago with the hot-blooded Italian Raf (Giulio Berruti) in Apulia was the best time of her life for Taylor (Hannah Arterton). But after she was allowed to float on cloud seven for a few days, the bitter crash soon followed. The young woman hasn't recovered from this until today, which is why she can't really look forward to returning to this place to enjoy her university degree together with her sister Maddie (Annabel Scholey) and her friend Lil (Katy Brand). When she learns that Maddie, who actually only wanted to get over her separation from her boyfriend Doug (Greg Wise), has fallen in love with a local so immortal that she wants to get married within a few days, Raf is temporarily forgotten. But only until Taylor finds out that her future brother-in-law is just the love of her life. When Raf confesses to her that he also has feelings for her and then Doug shows up to prevent the wedding, the total chaos finally breaks out in picturesque Apulia…
"Walking on Sunshine" seems a bit like the BRAVO photo love story version of "Mamma Mia". The catchy tunes of ABBA were replaced by the smashing 80's hit songs and the wonderfully self-deprecating stars of the successful musical filming were replaced by much more colourless and less talented young actors. It's nice to look at here and there and it's also a lot of fun thanks to the songs that everybody really knows. But the spark that made "Mamma Mia" so popular with the audience simply doesn't want to skip here.
The success of the cinema version of the ABBA musical was not only due to the songs. Rather, the audience also had a lot of fun watching actors like Meryl Streep or Pierce "James Bond" Brosnan making a fool of themselves with their marginal singing skills and having a lot of fun at the same time. It was this fun that could also be transferred to the audience and prevented "Mamma Mia" from becoming an embarrassing foreign fight product. And that's exactly what Walking on Sunshine is missing. The actors, apart from pop starlet Leona Lewis, are not really gifted singers, which makes some of the songs sound frighteningly flat. And also in terms of charisma, the good-humoured ensemble can only convince to a limited extent. Especially Hannah Arterton, sister of the more talented Gemma Arterton, stays extremely wooden and pale throughout the whole movie and the great romance between Taylor and Raf doesn't seem credible at all.
That the story makes use of countless clichés isn't bad in itself. After all, the movie doesn't want to be more than a good mood romance with a high sing-along factor. But some clichés are just annoying, like the fact that there are only two (funny) fat people in the whole resort, who have to find each other in the end, of course. Because the fact that a slim person and a slightly more corpulent person come together in a romantic way, of course, must not happen in this clinically pure idyll. In any case, the protagonists here are reduced only to appearances. Most women in the film, for example, lose all ability to think rationally at the sight of a crunchy male body and put their brains on draught - easily recognizable by the wide open mouths.
"Walking on Sunshine" is hardly to be surpassed in every respect in superficiality. Nevertheless, the movie can still be fun, of course. The pictures radiate a perfect holiday feeling and the soundtrack is in a good mood - even if the interpretations of the songs are not always convincing. The story is harmless and nice and the actors are colorless but somehow charming. If you don't mind the many clichés and just want to enjoy an extreme light version of "Mamma Mia", you can have a lot of fun here. And that's why, despite the bunch of points of criticism, there is still a short one: worth seeing with some cutbacks!
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