Fisherman’s Friends: One and All review – Purefoy’s performance keeps the plot afloat | Movies | Entertainment

A sequel to the sweet underdog drama was always going to come to port once the Covid storm subsided. But would it be the cinematic equivalent of this difficult second album?

Thankfully, there’s no major shift in direction in a solid follow-up that replays most of the hull-warming beats from the original.

After politically incorrect Leadville (Dave Johns) offends a reporter with a salty joke, the exhausted boys return to their beautiful fishing town of Port Isaac.

Meanwhile in London, music executives are engaged in a heated discussion about their future. Chief honcho Jez Chandra (Ramon Tikaram) wants to free them, fearing the middle-aged reprobates will damage his label’s image.

But general manager Leah Jordan (Jade Anouka) persuades him to throw them a lifeline. Believing they might have another hit album, she heads to the Cornish coast to train the unruly guys in the media.

Unfortunately, lead singer Jim (James Purefoy) isn’t in the mood for a change. After the death of his father Jago (David Hayman), the grumpy fisherman sought solace in his flask of whiskey.

And he completely loses his mind when they hire a Welsh farmer (Richard Harrington) as Jago’s replacement, storming the stage at the Minack Open Air Theater in Penzance.

But, conveniently, a new love interest has come to town. Can reformed hellish Irish singer Aubrey Flynn (Imelda May) help Jim pull himself out of the abyss?

The plot is largely predictable and the comedy decidedly choppy. But a rousing soundtrack and Purefoy’s touching performance keep this sweet feel-good drama afloat.

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All in theaters now (12A certificate).

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