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Re: 2016 film of Swallows and Amazons - Ransome & Buchan

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Posted by Mike Field on November 12, 2021 at 03:02:18 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: 2016 film of Swallows and Amazons - Ransome & Buchan posted by Peter Hyland on November 11, 2021 at 04:18:40:

Four years ago Mark Kermode commenced a film review of the original version of Compton Mackenzie's 'Whisky Galore' by saying --

"My choice this week is a 1949 classic, a recent remake of which served only to remind us just how much we all preferred the original 'Whisky Galore.'"

I myself have seen both versions, and agree with his judgment. The new one is in colour instead of b&w, but other than that it didn't add anything to the original -- while at the same time it lost a lot of the original's charm.

We know that the recent film version of S&A did add to the story -- adding extraneous elements in a attempt to 'spice it up for modern viewers' -- but I suspect if Mark Kermode were to review this modern remake of S&A he'd make just the same judgment that he made about 'Whisky Galore' -- that it serves only to remind us just how much we all preferred the original.
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By the way, any one who hasn't yet seen this wonderful Hebridean romp should make a point of doing so. But do try to see the original version, not the ersatz one. There's a bonus for doing so too -- you see Compton Mackenzie himself playing the part of the master of the SS Cabinet Minister. (He's the character on the left in the very first clip of the movie shown in the review.)

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