A Home for Talent
When explorer Great Uncle Matthew (Richard Griffiths) took in Sylvia (Emilia Fox) and Nana (Victoria Wood) life changed in an unexpected way as when Sylvia grew up Matthew started returning from his adventures with orphans; first Pauline (Emma Watson), then Petrova (Yasmin Paige) and finally Posy (Lucy Boynton). When after heading off on another one of his adventures Sylvia decides they need to take in lodgers as money is tight so a car enthusiastic, a dance teacher and a couple of retired professors come to live with them. Over time the girls each discover that they have talents as Pauline is the little actress, Petrova is good with engines and Posy has the potential to be a great ballerina all trying to earn money for the house.
Whilst some struggle with how to solve a problem like Maria, I find myself struggling with how to review "Ballet Shoes" as it is one of those movies which I feel like saying you just need to experience it for yourself. I say that not out of laziness but because this is one of those movies which whilst not in the least bit complex has a lot going on from a semi-eclectic group of characters to the storylines surrounding each of the young girls as well as Sylvia. And I am not going to tell you about each of their stories as it would simply spoil what ends up a surprisingly charming movie.
So what can I say about "Ballet Shoes" well this is a movie which really does work because of the actors assembled from Emma Watson giving us a touch of selfish diva as well as insecurity as Pauline to Gemma Jones giving us slightly quirky as one of the professors. I could go on because everyone brings plenty of smiles to their characters and it simply works with each of the main characters getting scenes to shine in and often amuse at the same time.
What this all boils down to is that "Ballet Shoes" is one of those movies which you can't do justice to in a review because it has this amusing, slightly quirky vibe going on which, along with the characters, is what draws you in. So whilst I can only apologise for the brevity of this review I have to say that if you get the chance watch "Ballet Shoes" as it ends up a surprising little charmer.