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Captures the Atmosphere But the Story Is Too Thin
on December 6, 2012
While having an argument in a Scottish music festival, Adam (Luke Treadaway, twin of "Brothers of the Head"), a young and popular rock star and Morello (Natalia Tena, Nymphadora Tonks of "Harry Potter" series), a keyboardist/singer of an aspiring all-girl band, get handcuffed to each other by a stranger. Being tied to someone you don't like is already painful, but this is made more inconvenient by the fact that Adam and Morello have a girlfriend / boyfriend to meet. And Morello has to sing on stage in a few hours.
A light-hearted romance "You Instead" (US title "Tonight You're Mine") is most notable for the way it was made. The film was shot on location, at the real T in the Park Festival in 2010. The audiences and musicians are all real, and so are the muddy ground and a lit up Ferris wheel. Everything in the film including the professional actors looks authentic. And the filmmakers had to shoot everything in five days.
I know these things, but still I have to say this. For all the likable leads, energetic live performances, and the real sound and crowd that fill the screen, "You Instead" sometimes looks empty, with a thin story that is drawn out and diluted. Directed by David MacKenzie ("Yong Adam" "Perfect Sense"), the film certainly captures the atmosphere of the music festival, but not the romance it tries to follow.
It is a pity for the two leads so good, especially in the sequence where they perform a Soft Cell hit "Tainted Love." It's charming and fun. The film simply needs more of that.