Walking on Sunshine (2014) Review

A story which is pretty crazy and made even crazier by the number of cheesy ’80s songs that were placed throughout!

As you may already be aware I absolutely love a good musical and even the pretty bad musicals I tend to secretly love as well. However an awful musical like this one I do not love at all, this just seemed to try to take the same formula as Mamma Mia! with disastrous results. Let’s face it Mamma Mia wasn’t the best received film either in critic terms, but managed something special with audiences.

I should have known better than to watch this on Netflix UK recently as I am pretty sure it only lasted at the cinema for a week. It probably didn’t even deserve that either, I may be sounding rather harsh with this but a musical like this can still work if it has a decent story line and then fitting the songs in it.

But a story about two sisters who are in love with the same man? I just cannot accept that at all, especially the way it all pans out so many problems with that honestly. It was such a shame that Leona Lewis who has a brilliant voice didn’t get more in this really, as she can sing. Not the best role for a breakthrough into the world of film, but I thought she was one plus in the whole mess.

It doesn’t offer anything that had been tried before, which is probably its biggest downfall. It didn’t try to be different, I also don’t think 80s cheesy music is the best way to try and get an audience. I was born in ’87 so even this was all before my time, but don’t get me wrong I have danced many a night in a club to the cheesy songs. Maybe this film would be better if you were drunk? That is a very big possibility, as stone cold sober it was pretty painful. Saying all that though, I was in a funny mood and could not decide what else to watch, so in that sense it served a purpose?

I cannot really recommend you to subject yourself to this film, but if you really want to watch it I am sure it will be on Netflix UK for quite a while? Let me know if you have put yourself through this one?

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6 thoughts on “Walking on Sunshine (2014) Review

  1. I saw it at a free screening last summer. I enjoyed it, but not enough to recommend it. It does provide warming scenery when it’s cold outside and both the lead actresses may have futures in better movies. Thanks for a good review!

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  2. I never heard of this movie! It looks like it has not been released in the U.S. (yet), so maybe that’s why. I just watched Rock of Ages for the first time a few weeks ago, and thought it was pretty lame. It sounds like it is similar to this movie in that they use the gimmick of throwing out some ’80s songs to try to get money from people who grew up in the ’80s. No real story or passion. I’ll just listen to the real artists on my iPod instead of spending a dime on movies like this.

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    • I actually really enjoyed Rock of Ages, love Rock songs so it’s really good. The stage show is much better though and has a slightly different story and a lot more humour, they had to tone it down for the screen. Was surprised Tom Crusie could do it so well.

      With this film it’s not based on a stage show just cheesy songs thrown into an awful story, avoid it if it ever reached the US!

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