Bank of Dave (2023)

Comedy/ Biography/ Drama
Rated 12
Spoiler Free

Bank of Dave sees a true story given the charming-British-comedy makeover. These things either work (Pride, Fisherman’s Friends, Calendar Girls was alright…) or they don’t (where to start) and how much creative license they take I don’t know but I’d have bet my sphincter’s overdraft there’s be pictures of the real Dave at the end.

Without going into too much detail, Dave, a successful but benevolent Burnley businessman (both in real life and in this film) decides to open his own bank. A local bank, for local people, he’ll have no trouble there! Only obviously the establishment takes issue with this and that, dear reader, is what they call in the storytelling trade, conflict.

Not-real Dave, Netflix Dave, is played by Rory Kinnear. I love Rory Kinnear and just happen to have reviewed two of his other projects recently: Men and Southcliffe. From Game of Thrones to Our Flag Means Death, Joel Fry is fast moving up my list of actors I enjoy watching and he does well in the role of a cynical London lawyer sent on a fool’s errand to Burnley to “support” Dave’s doomed bid to open up his own bank.

Supporting cast members include Jo Hartley, Paul Kaye, Hugh Bonneville and Phoebe Dynevor but I’d be lying if I said there’s a standout performance because Bank of Dave is very much a Brit-com by the numbers. David (Dave) takes on Goliath (banking) and there’s bumps along the way with a romantic subplot. Not every film needs to try to break the wheel, Bank of Dave certainly doesn’t and I admit that sounds harsh on a film which I watched very happily, a good thing considering my low mood of late, and made me laugh.

Bedsit it?

Exactly what I expected it to be and that’s not a bad thing. Bank of Dave is an easy, amusing and uplifting watch. 7/10

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