I saw it on Friday. Viveik Kalra was endearing as Javed, and I did love Roops. I am glad I saw it, but I won’t see it again. Overall I thought it lacked coherence.
Even though I was forewarned, the cringe factor was huge. I was unclear whether or not we were supposed to be laughing when Javed quoted Bruce. I don’t think I have ever seen my sister laugh so much, but it was a “WTF” sort of laughter. I actually think it could have been better if they had made the whole movie like that, the way the mini series Blackpool did, with everyone bursting into song. or even if they had more of that during the second half.
The dinner scene with Eliza’s parents was almost like Monty Python, basically a parody of a Tory family. My sister wondered if that was to counter the scenes with Javed”s family. Rob Brydon was also more of caricature than a character, but perhaps these portrayals of the Anglo/white English were meant to illustrate Javed’s sense of otherness.
For those keeping track of attendance, three quarters of the seats were empty.
Here is a scene from Blackpool so you can see what I mean.