Flogging a Dead Donkey
Christmas is coming as Mr. Shepherd (Martin Clunes - Goodbye, Mr. Chips), a new teacher at St Bernadette's and also a single dad, is due to be getting married to Sophie (Catherine Tate - Gulliver's Travels). But there is chaos going on at St Bernadette's as there is a new head teacher, Mrs. Keen (Celia Imrie - Christmas Angel), who immediately bans Mr. Poppy (Marc Wootton - Arthur Christmas) from the school. But when Mr. Shepherd suffers a bang to his head he suffers memory loss and remembers nothing. Now it is up to the children in the school to get Mr. Shepherd to New York for Christmas via a flash mob competition so that he can get married and get his memory back.
The first "Nativity" movie was daft but enjoyable, the second "Nativity" movie was simply chaotic and noisy, unfortunately the third movie in the series "Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!" follows suit and quickly out stays its welcome. Here is a movie where the assault on your ears from Marc Wootton going full out as man child Mr. Poppy is accompanied by over enthusiastic, screaming children and Martim Clunes bringing a touch of man child as he plays Mr. Shepherd as if he knew nothing. Throw on top of that some chirpy Christmas songs which are loud and annoying and 99% of "Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!" ends up daft but not enjoyably so. In fairness there is once in a blue moon a scene which is touching or funny but these scenes are extremely rare and the majority of the movie is simply nonsense which for me got on my nerves.
What this all boils down to is that maybe for young children the nonsense and noise filled "Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!" will be entertaining but this ended up a seriously grating experience for me.
Tags: Christmas Movies