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.
disappointment, but not an entirely surprising one.