DAVID reviews

10 January 2018

The thrill of the chase.

by Jason Stone


Thomas Cook: “The Chase” - 90s

Despite the proliferation of alternatives, all-in holidays remain extremely popular and it's little wonder when they're being sold as beautifully as this.

It focuses on an adolescent boy and girl who are on the precipice of love as they chase each other through a rather gorgeous-looking resort. Their furtive flirtation is subtly amplified in a truly heart-warming fashion as directorial pairing Christian & Patrick demonstrate perfectly judged restraint in their depiction of first love. It was important to err on the side of tenderness as the two leads are quite young, but the casting decision is completely vindicated by a flawless execution. It's so wonderfully well-made that it doesn't really need the reveal suggesting that these are the memories of a couple reliving their youth ...but all the same, this coda doesn't intrude in the least.

It was very shrewd to make the resort the backdrop rather than concentrate on it explicitly. The film is ripe with a sense of luxury and creates an impression of a holiday destination fit for the fussiest of middle-class families, which makes it feel certain to achieve its goal.


Creative Agency: Albion
ECD: Adam Lawrenson
Creative Director: Dominic Martin
Head of TV: Petrina Kilby
Film Production: Park Pictures Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Christian & Patrick Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Emma Butterworth
Executive Producer: Sophie Hubble
Cinematograper: Sebastian Blenkov
Editor: Adam Spivey @ The Playroom Ⓦ
Post Production: MPC Ⓦ
VFX: Franck Lambertz
Colourist: Jean-Clément Soret
Sound Designer: Sam Ashwell Ⓦ @ 750MPH Ⓟ Ⓦ
Location: Rhodes, Greece.

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