Entertainment Hive 2017

Postman Pat: The Movie

Review by Honey B

Director: Mike Disa Cast: Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, David Tennant, Rupert Grint, Ronan Keating Synopsis: The film finds Pat, everyone's favourite postman, centre stage as a contestant in a national TV talent show competition. Will success and fame tear him away from his hometown of Greendale and the friends he loves? Can Pat return to town in time to foil a sinister plot to replace him with legions of Patbot 3000 robots destined to take over the world? Only Postman Pat can save the day. Verdict: Postman Pat certainly delivers plenty of wholesome family entertainment in his first foray onto the silver screen. The movie starts much the way the popular television series does, showcasing rolling green hills, sheep dotted throughout the countryside as a steam train weaves throughout the picturesque scenery. It's idyllic and all very familiar to the youngsters who were lapping up every lush animated scene. Life is pretty normal for Pat (voiced by Stephen Mangan) and his little family including wife Sarah (Susan Duerden) and his young boy Julian and who could forgot the lovable black and white cat and Pat's constant sidekick - Jess. That is until the post office CEO (Jim Broadbent) calls in an efficiency expert, Edwin Carbunkle (Peter Woodward) and his idea to speed up delivery is by introducing robots to deliver the mail and he also cuts out bonuses. With Pat's bonus gone and his dream of taking Sarah to Italy, the caring postie enters a talent quest, judged by Simon Cowbell (Robin Atkin Downes) - Cowbell has all of the mannerisms of the infamous Simon Cowell. Surprisingly, Pat has a beautiful singing voice (Ronan Keating provides the impressive pipes for Pat) and the dutiful postman's life is turned upside-down with TV appearances and marketing promotions. Carbunkle seizes his chance and while Pat is gone he instates his Patbot 3000 and the naive and unsuspecting people of Greendale have no clue. The scenes with the Patbots, complete with little sharp-toothed Jess-bots, are quite funny as they deliver the mail in chaotic style. Jess the Cat who might not talk, but he knows what is going on when everyone else doesn't, is quite the scene-stealer. When the black and white furball faces off against his own robot it's very funny - and a little scary! This is a charming, fun and honest little flick with a beautiful sentiment at its heart about friendship and the human touch.
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