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Swimming With Men (film review) *contains spoilers*


Film: Swimming With Men
Year: 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Oliver Parker
Starring: Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgoose
About: A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f495YKIfuaw

My Review:
Noticing this on Netflix and it looking like something I would not usually choose for myself I thought I would go a little outwith my usual style and see Swimming With Men. As much as I did give this a try I thought that this didn't really come through to me the way that it was meant to.

This movie I thought was good at showing how people can run away from their problems and how it doesn't actually ever really help them. By doing this I think a lot of people was able to feel the same as the main character within the movie, by having at the end that all of the characters stop running from their problems and succeed at something that they never thought they would as a result. I also thought that the ending of the movie when the main character was accepted by his son as whatever he wanted to be and that his wife starts to accept him for who he is was rather sweet to watch and did make me smile and laugh a little watching the men do their dance on land instead of in the water.

However, I did find that this movie was rather sad most of the way through as the characters always seemed to be complaining or never happy which did darken the mood for me instead of keeping it nice and light. By also never really getting to see into the characters of the film and not knowing anything really about them I never felt myself connecting to anyone who was in the film which led to me getting bored at points throughout and struggle to watch till the ending. The comedy in it seemed rather forced at times as well which I didn't particularly find funny and made me not really all that impressed with the movie. Not only this but the acting within this movie and the script I felt was rather lacking.

Overall, I feel like the movie had a good idea behind it however I just could not connect at all with it. I think Swimming With Men would be good for those who are wanting more of a drama movie which is different and focuses on self improvement. Personally, I don't feel I would watch this movie again.

My Rating: 2/5 

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