The big attraction for many in Kat and the Band will be seeing Dougie
Poynter from McFly/McBusted making his big screen acting debut. The
question ultimately is, is he any good? I’m pleased to say that he’s not
bad at all, his role is limited and he pretty much plays himself, but
anything that he’s given to do he does with a dash of charisma and a level
of professionalism that might see him turning up in more meatier and
challenging roles in the future.
Kat And The Band is an enjoyable, if somewhat implausible story of 17 year
old high school pupil Kat Malone (Ella Hunt). Kat, when she’s not working
for her exams, dreams of being the manager of a professional band.
She gets her chance one night when she sneaks into a rock club and manages
to persuade struggling indie pop group, “Dollar Days” and its bassist
(Dougie Pointer) to take a chance on her. The one thing that she doesn’t
tell them is that she’s a 17 year old school girl who lives at home with
her mother and gran (Katherine Kelly and Joanna David).
Suckered in by her intelligence and charm the band give her a trial period
in order that she can prove her worth to them. Running her business from
her local Greek restaurant, a place where Kat and her friend are permanent
fixtures, she manages to arrange a number of gigs for the wannabe rockers,
each one inevitably ending up in a bigger disaster than the one before.
Her lie is made all the easier by her mother’s lifestyle, a business woman,
her mother is away for days on end and pretty much leaves Kat to her own
Ella Hunt follows up her last big screen outing (or small screen outing as
is the case of Kat and the Band thanks to Corona Virus) in Anna and the
Apocalypse with another fine performance. It’s not her fault that she’s 22
years old and is being asked to play a 17 year old schoolgirl but her
casting, no matter how hard she tries, never really works as she feels and
looks way too old (sorry Ella) for the part she’s playing (in fairness the story is about a teenger convincing a group of grown men that she's old enough to be their manager, so we'll forgive that one).