Re: 2016 film, now that we've all seen it...

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Posted by Mike Jones on August 31, 2016 at 14:09:43 user Mike_Jones.

In Reply to: 2016 film, now that we've all seen it... posted by JG on August 22, 2016 at 05:19:42:

An interesting couple of days with my eight-year-old grandson. Yesterday we watched the 1974 film, and had a look at it again this morning before going to see the new film. He has had some of SA read to him, I believe, but does not know the book.

Asked which he preferred, he said the new film, because it was funnier; he was also gripped by the Russian spy sub-plot. He preferred the Roger in the new film - the nearest character to him in age - because the 1974 one seemed a bit dim. What he missed in the new film was any real emphasis on the detail of sailing a boat; he didn't see any knots being tied. Much more important than any of this, he wants to go sailing.

For myself, I thought the new SA worked well as an adventure film for children, and thought the Walker children were consistent with AR's characters, as were the Amazons except for looking so weird both with and without their masks. Peggy and Tatty were outstanding.

The adult performances were pretty good, and Rafe Spall was a great improvement on the appalling Ronald Fraser.

As to the new film being funnier, I think my grandson was right. There is something rather earnest about the 1974 film.

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