Starring: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Catherine Tate, James Corden, Dominic Cooper
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Age Rating: 15
Running Time: 92 minutes
Almost ten years ago, James McAvoy starred in this quirky little rom-com based on a working-class student named Brian Jackson and his first year at Bristol University in 1985, against the backdrop of Thatcherism.
Supported by a stellar line up of British actors and actresses like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall and Catherine Tate to name a few, McAvoy excels in portraying his knowledge-hungry and love-struck character.
Brian Jackson is determined to begin university life, meet new people and put his general knowledge to good use. On his first day at Bristol University, he enrols in the Challenge team, led by Patrick Watts (Benedict Cumberbatch), who are preparing for the “University Challenge” which he grew up watching on TV with his deceased father. Within days, he has made a connection with two different girls, and turned his first few months of university into a rollercoaster ride. Will Bristol win the University Challenge? Will Brian make a choice between Rebecca and Alice? It’s all on Netflix waiting for you in this 92 minute fun, sweet and enjoyable feature film.
Looking back, obviously in 2006 the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and James Corden appearing in this film weren’t ‘cameos’ as such. However it is great to look back and watch these actors before they shot to stardom, and in some very vulnerable and innocent roles. Benedict Cumberbatch steals the film for me. I have never seen him in a comedy environment, as I am used to appreciating his acting brilliance in the likes of THE IMITATION GAME and STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, but all I can say is that he was great in this role.
Overall, STARTER FOR 10 is a great watch which will keep you laughing and smiling throughout! Strongly recommend for a chilled night in.
Recommendation: A great Netflix watch! Has been saved on my list for months, and did not disappoint! Recommend for a curl up on the sofa watch with a nice takeaway and some drinks. Sit back, Relax and Enjoy!