Destination: Dewsbury (2019)

Destination: Dewsbury is a quirky comedy produced and directed by Jack Spring. The film is about five friends who have been friends since their high school days. They are all grown up now and living their own lives when news hit that Frankie (1 of the 5 friends) is dying from cancer causes, them to meet up one last time and journey on a crazy road trip.

The road trip includes numerous unforgettable experiences. Peter who is the glue of the group is a teacher at his old high school and has been recently dumped by his wife. Adam who needs serious anger management is a businessman with debt problems that come back to bite the whole group in the ass. Gaz is definitely not the smartest cookie in the cookie jar. Lastly, Smithy, the friend you feel sorry for and who has never had a girlfriend. Frankie is only shown at the end of the film.

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What the film considers comedy is surely an acquired taste. The film does touch on issues of cancer, suicide, and marriage. But, the film fails to be anything other than predictable. Of course, there are some scenes that are totally random. For example, the scenes with the Nip Slip Brothel that is supposed to be a Bed & Breakfast.

The plot of the film is solely to get to Frankie before, he dies as the film mentions he only has a week left to live. This may seem like an easy task but for these guys not so much. The guys get sidetracked by many events during the road trip which inevitably causes them to make it a day later.

In the end, the guys finally get to Frankie house finding out he has a wife and kid they had no idea about. They then realize how long they have not seen each other. Also, how much of each other lives they have missed.

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The ending was a bit weird as Frankie revealed secrets about the others. Also, a huge secret about Adam and Frankie friendship is revealed too. The director obviously decided to shed a light on Frankie that was positive. Also, all four men were different archetypes. The director seems to have picked four archetypes that are relatable to the everyday person.

Overall, The budget for the film is only 150,000 dollars and it shows. The film lacks the necessary visuals, soundtrack, acting, and a strong storyline that all successful films have. The film also lacks originality and unpredictability which causes the film to be less entertaining then it could have.

Basically, the film has a plethora amount of issues that some may or may not be able to get past.

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