Film review in The Times

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Posted by Peter Hyland on July 26, 2016 at 03:29:47 user Peter_H.

The new S&A film is reviewed in today's Times. I am going to lift the Murdoch paywall slightly and quote from it - brief extracts only and for review and educational purposes, of course. The reviewer is Kate Muir, who takes a rather 'Metropolitan' view of the film (as most of the critics do):

“It’s a strange kettle of fish, this adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s beloved thirties children’s book, but enjoyable for its sense of freedom and derring-do. Tossing your 7-year old, with no lifejacket, into a boat with his siblings and losing contact for days seems unconscionable in this era of helicopter parenting. . . .
. . . The child acting, as ever, can be overcooked, although Roger takes to the Method like a duckling to water. This, however, is not going to make a modern movie, although they tried in 1974 . . .
. . . The director Philippa Lowthorpe has grafted on a Russian spy plot, which adds oomph outdoors, balancing the Cath Kidston look of the interiors.
. . . Probably the perfect audience is a grandparent and a young grandchild. That said, watching the red-sailed dinghy bob across the lake in a velvet green landscape has a calming effect that we all need.”

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