Darren Jamieson
House! DVD Review


August 31, 2011

Director: Julian Kemp,
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Stacey Ashton, Keith Chegwin, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Dean Davies, Gwenllian Davies, Eileen Edwards, Bruce Forsyth, Helen Griffin, Marlene Griffiths, Sue Hopkins, Rhodri Hugh, Jason Hughes, Lynn Hunter, Ceris Jones,

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DVD Review

Darren Jamieson

If you are having a night in and are in the mood for a feel good funny film, then House is the movie for you. Full of laughs and entertaining scenarios, it is sure to have you in stitches.

This 2000 British comedy – directed by Julian Kemp – stars well known names including Bruce Forsyth, Keith Chegwin and Kelly Macdonald. Together, they form the ultimate comedic cast.

We see Welsh-Italian Giovanni Anzani’s bingo hall, La Scala, reaching the end of its hay-day. The bingo hall is ageing and run down, but the staff who work there remain loyal. It is up to them to work as a team to save the bingo hall which their lives seem to revolve around. Linda, (Kelly Macdonald), discovers she has a psychic ability to predict bingo numbers. The team hope they can use this skill to save the bingo hall from being driven out of business by a new huge bingo hall planned to be opened close by.

This review doesn’t give too much away, so if you want to research the film a little more, then there are plenty of trailers and soundtracks you can find online to get a little taster. So while you play Cheeky Bingo to get in the bingo mood, or you’re just browsing the web, you can watch a preview and see if it is your kind of film. Alternatively, reading reviews will give you a brief overview of the plot and some information about the production.

Despite the plot being based around a bingo hall, this dull premise is brought to life with the cleverly written script and the well cast characters. It could be summed up in one mysterious yet entertaining phrase of – The ultimate Welsh Psychic Bingo Movie. It adds a whole new level to this typical OAP game, plus it has a quirky plot which you couldn’t possibly have predicted.

Darren has enjoyed an interest in film for many years, studying the subject at Newport Film School where he worked on the film ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice‘ in a directing and acting capacity. The official site can be enjoyed here. Darren setup WhatDVD.Net in 2003 to further his love of films and to write passionately about the movies he enjoys, and about those that he doesn’t.

Although his day-to-day activities mean that he now has less time to review movies than he would ideally prefer, he still tries to review new releases, and DVDs from his extensive collection, whenever possible.
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