Thursday, February 20, 2014

Waking Ned Devine (1998)

IMDb plot summary: When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.
Directed by Kirk Jones. Starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan.

Well, this is completely and utterly charming. It reminds me of The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain or The Secret of Santa Vittoria, though Ned Devine is more overt comedy than either of those two, as well as darker in its humor. But the overall feel is still the same. There are many touching moments but none of them feel overhyped, and in the end, the movie just left me smiling. It's also great fun whenever I get to see James Nesbitt (who I fell in love with in the Jekyll TV show) in something. 4 stars.

Flickchart: #446 out of 2031, below To Catch a Thief and above Heavenly Creatures.

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