Dancing queens should take a chance on Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini’s super-trouping 1980s jukebox musical.
‘Walking On Sunshine’ sincerely flatters the creative team behind ‘Mamma Mia!’ by reusing their template for a soapy summertime wedding on sun-drenched Mediterranean shores. The toe-tapping ABBA songbook has been supplanted by hits including ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper!
Three years after an intense holiday fling, good girl Taylor (Hannah Arterton) flies back to southern Italy for a well-deserved break after her university finals.
‘Walking On Sunshine’ is as predictable as the early World Cup exit for the England football squad but the directors’ lightweight ode to summertime romance is a guilty pleasure with slickly choreographed musical numbers. Subtlety isn’t a strong point and the colour palette is equally lurid. The intense orange tans sear the retinas as much as the brightly hued swimwear. Pack sunglasses.