Sunday, September 5, 2010
DVD REVIEW: St Trinian's (2007)
St Trinian's College For Girls is on the verge of disaster. If Camilla Fritton doesn't come up with the £500,000 needed to pay off debts the school is going to be declared bankrupt.
When Annabelle Fritton, the headmistress' niece, joins St Trinian's, all she wants is to leave as soon as possible, but her dad has other plans for her, and for the school. Forced to stay, she meets all the different girls: the emos, chavs, nerds and posh tottys.
Obviously they don't all get along, but when the head girl Kelly reminds them that if St Trinian's closes down, they'll all have to go to different schools - normal schools - they all pull together. They plot an ingenious way to get the money together to pay off the school's debts.
This movie is really fun, with an exciting. (There's also a great makeover scene which I'll be doing a feature on.)
It's got a great cast with lots of actors you'll have heard of or seen in other things, such as Talulah Riley (Annabelle) who you may have seen as Miss Evangelista in two 2008 'Doctor Who' episodes, and more recently in the hit movie 'Inception'; Gemma Arterton (Kelly) who is now becoming quite a big deal in Hollywood after starring in 'Quantum Of Solace' and 'The Prince Of Persia'; Rupert Everett (Camilla & Carnaby Fritton) who does the voice of Prince Charming in 'Shrek 3'; and Colin Firth (Geoffrey Thwaites) from movies such as 'Bridget Jones' Diary' and 'Love, Actually'. And that's not even the end of it! 'St Trinian's' also stars model Lily Cole, singer Paloma Faith, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and Girls Aloud as the school band. If you're outside of the UK you may not have heard of all of these people, but that really won't spoil your enjoyment.
It took me a little while to get into it, mostly because of Rupert Everett's dual roles as both Camilla and her brother Carnaby Fritton.
They've made seven St Trinian's films since 1955's 'The Belles Of St Trinian's', this one being the sixth in the series and the first new entry in 27 years, and I believe it's kind of a tradition for the headmistress to be played by a man. Both of the characters are quite daft and I thought that it may be too silly for me, but after Annabelle is introduced, the story really gets going.
All in all, 'St Trinian's' is very enjoyable, girly but not overly sweet, and really worth a watch.
- Miss Daiquiris
Look out for my review of 'St Trinian's 2 - The Legend Of Fritton's Gold' next week!