I think it's fair to say that I will watch any TV programme or film which features the Isle of Wight. If they make another terrible sequel to Home Alone and film it in Godshill, I will watch the entire thing, or at least look in the background for familiar thatched cottages.
And so we fired up Netflix with great excitement to watch An Action Hero.
I will not give too much away, but the gist of it is that a big Bollywood star is forced to flee and ends up in Ventnor. The town isn't described as being on the Isle of Wight, but is presented as though it is mainland England's coast.
We are then treated to a series of local scenes including:
It is worth saying that there is a fair amount of geographical confusion in An Action Hero. Ayushmann Khurrana appears to run the 12 miles from Wootton Creek to Ventnor and then drives from the Military Road (described as the A1 for some reason) onto a motorway. He then ends up in the South Downs admiring the Seven Sisters before returning to the Island. Eventually, he ends up in London without catching a ferry. The fixed link campaigners will be salivating at this scene.
There is not a great deal of nuance and hidden depth in An Action Hero. It will not be studied on courses about cinema. There also wasn't a lot of romance, so Mrs Guru kept wandering off or staring at her phone.
However, I enjoyed the punching, shooting, wise-cracking and vrooming around whilst admiring the background and saying "oooh, that's where we dropped an ice cream last summer!".
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