Run time: 111 mins
Hey! Remember during lockdown when we did a sea shanty or two?
This is the follow up to the 2019 hit about the famous ocean-bellowing group from Port Isaac, Cornwall. The sequel is based on the second part of the Fisherman’s Friends true story about their struggles with fame, success, love, loss and navigating the bumpy road to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
It was a bizarre cultural phenomenon that saw sea shanties enter the UK charts for a quarter of a month and then hurried on because everyone forgot about them and got on with their lives. The original Fisherman’s Friends predated this, was a massive hit and is still a great example of feel-good British film. So what the hell happened? Post-COVID everything got so serious in the UK film industry. Here’s a throwback review of the original that couldn’t hold more weight today if it was drowning in Davy Jones’ locker; “formulaic, manipulative and any subtlety was cut adrift around the second draft but the story’s feel-good underdog story mixed with messages of decency and loyalty make it as refreshing as a gust of sea air in cynical times.”