Havent got a Clooney – Ticket To Paradise review

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Those whose livelihoods depend on this troubled industry hoped some of them would return this weekend for an all-too-rare A-list romcom.

Sadly, it was not to be. Universal has decided it would be vaguely treasonous to enjoy a George Clooney and Julia Roberts movie three days before the Queen’s funeral.

The film will now come out on Tuesday, a day when many will be busy catching up on work, leaving nervous cinema staff counting empty seats over a long bank holiday weekend.

If they were releasing something vehemently anti-monarchist like, say, Braveheart (at the time of writing, scheduled to show on BBC1 tonight), I could perhaps see their point.

But there is nothing remotely offensive about Ticket To Paradise, a comforting escapist fantasy.

Clooney is architect David, Roberts is his art dealer ex-wife Georgia, and the wedding of their only daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) has forced them to travel to Bali together 20 years after a very acrimonious divorce.

Lily has decided to throw away her legal career to marry handsome seaweed farmer Gede (Maxime Bouttier) after they met on holiday.

After some amusing bickering, David and Georgia find something they agree on. They can’t let Lily make the same mistake they made 25 years earlier.

While pretending to be supportive, they plot to tear the couple apart.

The dialogue could be sharper but there are gorgeous locations (Australia doubled for locked-down Bali), a gooey romantic finale and some very amusing pratfalls.

Clooney savaged by a rogue dolphin and drunk dancing to House Of Pain with Roberts were the daft diversions I didn’t know I needed.

  • Ticket To Paradise, Cert 12A, In cinemas on Tuesday

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