It's an odd scenario for a romantic comedy, but "Danny Deckchair" is about a man who gets swept away when he attaches a series of helium balloons to his deck chair and lands in a small town where no one knows him. Whereas he was considered a loser in the big city, he finds success, and a hottie in the form of Miranda Otto, in the town.
Rhys Ifans stars as Danny. He has a girlfriend, but their relationship is going through a hard time. When his balloon chair lands him in a small town, as tends to happen from time to time, he realizes there is an entirely different life out there for him. The story has been done before, but not with helium balloons. Not everything makes perfect sense, but his weird traveling expedition gives us a film that is mildly entertaining, funny and ultimately cute. It isn't anything special, but for those looking for a lighthearted romantic comedy, this may be a good one for a cold winter night.
Ifans is good in the lead, as is Otto as the romantic interest. The romantic chemistry between the two is never really explored as much as it should be, but they are good enough on screen together. There are some subplots that could have been fleshed out more and developed, mainly for entertainment's sake. It would have been nice to have seen more of Danny's girlfriend's story as her relationship escalates with a local reporter. More than anything else, regardless of how Danny arrives in town, the plot is fairly generic. The third act is especially cliché as we get the typical falling out with the love interest and then a desperate attempt to win her back. All in all, it's a normal romantic comedy.
"Danny Deckchair" doesn't rise to new heights, but it offers some funny moments and a cute story. It's been done before, but it'll be done a hundred times more in the future, so you might as well sit back and enjoy.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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