‘The Lady in the Van’

v1.bTsxMTI3NjM0MTtqOzE3MDIxOzIwNDg7Mjc2NDs0MDk2An irascible, deadpan performance by Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) fails to save this dull whimsy of a film.

Based on a true story and playwright Alan Bennett’s ‘tenant’ of 15 years parked in his Camden driveway, such a rich source of material should have produced something so much more.

The imperious Smith is at her hauteur best – in spite of being reduced to the fundamentals of personal hygiene. But, in being introduced to a timid Bennett (convincingly played by Alex Jennings – The Queen, Belle) and several incredibly annoying, politically-correct neighbours, The Lady in the Van is a flat, glib, self-satisfied feature that simply meanders through its telling.

Rating: 35% 

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