REVIEW: You, Me And Him Will Make You Weep Tears Of Both Laughter And Sadness ⭐️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️⭐️
Title: You, Me And Him
Dir: Daisy Aitkens
Cast: Lucy Punch, Faye Marsay and David Tennant
A modern romantic comedy with a heart wrenching twist, You, Me And Him is writer and director Daisy Aitkens' first foray in to feature films and she doesn’t disappoint. It’s packed with witty, sharp dialogue and on point humour that will have you laughing out loud, but be prepared to cry tears of sadness as well as laughter when the story takes a painful turn that comes out of the blue to deliver a huge emotional blow to the audience as well as the characters.
Lesbian couple Olivia and Alex (Lucy Punch and Faye Marsay), despite their many differences, are very much in love. But as the question of pregnancy rears it's head and their recently divorced neighbour John (David Tennant) befriends them, they both start making some truly disastrous decisions. When both women end up pregnant, all be it by different means, tragedy strikes for one, meaning there's never really going to be a happy ever after to their tale.
The chemistry between the three leads, Punch, Marsay and Tennant is magnetic and you really are rooting for Alex and Olivia to make it through the tough times and come out the other side. Even David’s third wheel, almost sleazy, lothario character, John, becomes more likeable and garners your sympathy as the story unfolds. The way that all three actors expertally navigate the change in tone from laugh a minute rom com to something far more dark and painful is an acting master class.
There’s a stellar cast of British actors which includes Nina Sosanya, David Warner and Gemma Jones. A stand out supporting performance comes from Sarah Parish as Alex’s rather awful mother, who tells her daughter in no uncertain terms that she doesn't agree with same sex parents, and there's a great comedic cameo from Sally Phillips who's leading a new age antenatal class.
Visually the film is a cinematic joy, bright and colourful with fabulous exterior shots taken on location in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon and great styling for the characters, which includes dubious hipster style facial hair for an almost unrecognisable Tennant.
Produced by Georgia Tennant and Phin Glynn, You, Me And Him is a classy addition to Bad Penny Productions CV, which already includes last years Mad To Be Normal, also starring David Tennant, and we certainly hope they will team up with Daisy Aitkens again for future projects as this collaboration has certainly paid off.
In short You, Me And Him is a great Brit flick, with a little more depth than your usual romantic comedy and is one that will leave you thoroughly entertained.
You, Me And Him is out in selected UK cinemas from today.