Some time has passed since the race in "Robbie The Reindeer" and the group of reindeers have set up a tourist business offering guided tours. When an accident occurs on one such tour Robbie... See full summary »
The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.
The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Robbie's wedding is halted by the presence of a sinister crystal and his fiance, Donner, is kidnapped by aliens. Robbie must embark on a mission to stop the destruction of the planet by the evil Vorkana, Queen of the Nargathrons. But with the clock ticking and a best man too love sick to be of any assistance, will our hero rescue his sweetheart and save the world in time? New to the cast in the third film of the series are Keira Knightley, Ozzy Osbourne, Gillian Anderson, Russell Brand, Graham Norton, Ross Kemp, Shane Richie and Michael Palin. They'll join a returning cast of Ardal O'Hanlon, Jane Horrocks, Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse and Sean Hughes.Written by
It is approaching the day of Robbie's wedding to long term girlfriend Donner. All the planning is going as well as one could expect given his shambolic best man and the couple even get a feeling of good luck when they think they see a shooting star the night before. However on the day it transpires that that star was indeed an alien craft that carried the power source for the ultimate weapon owned by an alien race coming to destroy Earth. With the guardians of the earth too far away to respond, it is down to Robbie to ensure they do not recover the power source.
The third in the entertaining film series pretty much carries on from the second film in terms of tone and approach. I mean this as a way of echoing my comments on that film because this is roundly entertaining and produced a few laughs and a general amusing air, even if it wasn't ever hilarious, sharp or that inventive. The plot is reasonably good but it is the characters and jokes that drive it forward. The characters continue to be solid enough with some nice additions while the jokes are mostly good. There are a few references in there which are not that clever but they are nicely done regardless.
The cast continues to be populated with stars, I assume drawn in by the publicity and the fact that the BBC's profits for this all go to Comic Relief. O'Hanlon continues to do well, particularly since Robbie is a bit more together version of Father Dougal. He leads the cast well and is quite amusing. Horrocks continues with less of the good material but as usual the guest names are worth mentioning. Knightly is OK; Anderson is a nice bit of casting given she plays the alien queen; likewise Ozzy Osbourne as a bat is a good joke. Brand was good (which is not something I often say) but I'm not sure what part Ellis-Bextor played, or if she counts as a "star" anymore.
Anyway, overall this was another solid film in the series. It is funny without being hilarious and quite clever without being that smart or sharp; as before it provides solid entertainment even if I still can't shake the feeling that the BBC are still missing the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit on Christmas Day.
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