Thursday, September 26, 2013

Penny Thoughts ‘13—Tonight You’re Mine (2012) ***

R, 80 min.
Director: David Mackenzie
Writer: Thomas Leveritt
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena, Mat Baynton, Kari Corbett, Sophie Wu, Gavin Mitchell, Ruta Gedmintas, Alistair Mackenzie, Gilly Gilchrist, Joseph Mydell

“Tonight You’re Mine” is a romantic comedy in one of the more unique settings I’ve seen. The entire movie takes place during the T in the Park rock festival in England, and it was actually filmed during the festival. It involves two musicians who get handcuffed together at the beginning of the festival and must remain cuffed until they can find the key or someone willing to help with the right equipment.

Of course, as the rules of the genre dictate, the two hate each other from the start, and it takes 24 hours of forced company to open their eyes to the fact that they really love each other. The story isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it execution is original and fun. Most of all, the movie is filled with great music.

The two leads have real experience in rock bands and their chemistry is apparent to the audience long before it is to them. The film is filled with real performances from the festival by bands you may or may not recognize, and it will have you looking up the soundtrack when it’s all said and done. The most impressive performance, however, is a rollicking rendition of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love”.  “Tonight You’re Mine” is nothing ground breaking, but it’s fresh take on an old familiar story.

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