Out Today: Cemetery Junction

Wednesday April 14th 2010

Ricky Gervais and  Stephen Merchant make their directorial debut this week with Cemetery Junction, a story of youth and rebellion in 1970s Reading. With it’s endlessly nostalgic tone and simplistic characterisation, it’s tempting to read the film as a knowingly ironic throwback to the British New Wave of the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately, the sincerity levels are far too high for that, and instead it comes off like an indulgent pet project with few merits. The cast of newcomers aren’t given much space to impress, while Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes are totally wasted in uncomplicated supporting roles.
A major disappointment, but not an entirely surprising one.