“Finding Your Feet” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

24 February, 2018

Director: Richard Loncraine
Screenwriters: Meg LeonardNick Moorcroft
Director of Photography: John Pardue
Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall

Synopsis: Estranged sisters separated by opposing lifestyles rekindle their bond after the discovery of an affair, forcing the richer of the two to embrace the underbelly of the inner-city while readjusting to life away from her wealthy husband.

Finding Your Feet Review:

Better than the average retirement romp with a story that couldn’t be further from the fun and sun of Benidorm, “Finding Your Feet” is a British dramedy with an honest twist, an opportunity to explore class divide amongst elderly citizens with differing views on what it means to age gracefully. Experiencing new challenges and freedoms away from the judgement and pressure of upper class living, Imelda Staunton’s Lady Sandra Abbott accommodates her simpler life in plodding stages, working her way slowly through the effects of denial, bargain, and acceptance as she finds reason to accept her new surroundings.

While definitely in need of a few hip replacements here and there as spontaneous on-location footage struggles to tie in neatly with the film’s interior dramatics, “Finding Your Feet” embraces its experimental side with an unpolished yet fun exploration of frivolity in an urban setting, producing a rather delightful flash mob sequence filmed in the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus. Supporting a cause with registered charity Age UK pulling the strings to bring together a message, the film has an underlying purpose which mostly writes itself as concept becomes reality through a succession of feelgood dance routines which mostly hit the mark.

Worth shedding a few tears over with its nostalgic and honest exploration of transitional phases in the latter stages of life, “Finding Your Feet” presents an inferred history between two sisters in a present day context, feeling unashamed and somewhat proud to unpack the reality behind social detachment in a still divided world. Held up by notable lead performances from Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie, the movie does exactly what it says on the tin with heaps of charm and an added teaspoon of sass, acknowledging its inherent lack of originality with scenes of coordinated fun at the expense of true innovation.


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Finding Your Feet