Posted: March 11, 2015 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Bill Nighy, Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, Celia Imrie, David Strathairn, David Thewlis, Dev Patel, Diana Hardcastle, John Boorman, John Madden, Judy Dench, Lillette Dubey, Maggie Smith, Ol Parker, Pat Shortt, Penelope Wilton, Queen and Country, Richard E. Grant, Richard Gere, Ronald Pickup, Tamsin Greg, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel | 1 Comment »
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Queen and Country, the new semi-autobiographical film from writer/director John Boorman (the semi part) is a sequel to Boorman’s earlier film Hope and Glory, an episodic comedy about a young lad’s picturesque adventures during World War II.
When we last saw the wee Bill, he had arrived at school to see it on fire from having been bombed during the Blitzkrieg, prompting him to yell out, “Thank you, Adolf”. It’s nearly a decade later now and Bill is an older teen and is conscripted into the army during the Korean War.
How you respond to Queen and Country will probably depend on how you respond to the way Bill is dramatized here. Personally, and to be ruthlessly honest, I found him a poor excuse for a human being who, first, has an amazing inability to fully comprehend just how lucky he is, and second, for someone whose future lies as a filmmaker, an amazing inability to understand, empathize or read the people he interacts with. Read the rest of this entry »