VOD/DVD shuffle, COMES A BRIGHT DAY has a number of things to recommend it. Not a great film by any means, nor even all that original, it nonetheless boasts a cast worth watching, a story that unfolds with both charm and excitement, while showing off the work of a first-time/full-length filmmaker, Simon Aboud (below) whom we shall surely hear from soon again.
Paul McCartney's son-in-law) has a bit of a problem managing his movie's tone throughout. At one point there is cold-blooded murder, which is afterwards almost constantly threatened. Yet, considering what happens in the film, Aboud does manage to hold it all together, while giving pride of place to characterization. With actors as good as he's assembled, this pays off very well.
Timothy Spall (above) who pretty much steals the movie. And he does not play the thief: That would be Kevin McKidd, shown below, left, with accomplice Josef Altin. We learn the least about the McKidd character, which works out OK, as we don't much care for or have any interest in him, other than seeing him thoroughly undone.
Imogen Poots, below, who looks just a little too old to match up with Sam -- yet this, too, manages to work somehow, due to the two actors' odd chemistry and how the story Aboud has created comes around and off in its charming and circuitous manner.
Anthony Welsh (below), who is so very likable and winning in this role that he comes close to stealing the movie, too. It is Elliot's charatcer, along with that of the store owner played by Spall, who brings home the movie's necessary message: Don't bother putting on airs. Do your job and do it well, and let the rest fall into place.
Comes a Bright Day, which never got a theatrical release on these shores, can be now be seen via Netflix streaming and on Amazon Instant Video and DVD. It's definitely worth a look.