POPULAR DEMAND! Run extended at the Twin! “Dexter Fletcher's Sunshine on Leith is a sprightly and unabashed adaptation of the much-loved stage show, spinning a Mamma Mia!-style narrative around the songs of the Proclaimers. Anyone familiar with the Brothers Reid's back catalogue will be able to figure out several key plot points in advance; someone will go to America in order to send back a letter; someone else will promise to walk 500 miles, and indeed 500 more; a central character called (Oh) Jean should very probably have been loved; there will be a boisterous proposal of marriage; and everyone will venture from misery to happiness today (aha, aha, aha). As always with such jukebox jamborees, part of the pleasure is in seeing how inventively the writers can string together a coherent story from a random selection of song titles and lyrics.
“We open in an armoured vehicle travelling through Afghanistan in which the assembled squaddies sing. From here we move to Edinburgh where our battle-worn heroes attempt to rebuild their lives and loves, picking up the pieces of relationships with friends and family in inevitably circumlocutious fashion.
“Hearts are broken and mended, tears cried and dried, children lost and found, secrets and lies kept and revealed. It's easy to sneer at the level of cheesy contrivance with which the dots are joined, but actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher brings gutsy oomph to the proceedings, giving this movie real down-to-earth charm.
“The cast are game, too, leading on the front foot as they hop, skip and jump their way across picturesque cobbles and scenic streets, always ready to have a go. Some are accomplished musical theatre veterans, others not so, but everyone gives it their all. I shed a tear within the first 10 minutes, and spent the rest of the movie beaming like a gibbering, love-struck fool.” - The Guardian