1h 38m | Drama | 2 September 2021 (USA)
A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for some violence and strong language
Not a perfect film, but a darn good one. Easily touches the heart. The cast is stellar. Ken Branagh loves faces and gives his cast closeups that tell the story without the use of much dialogue. See Judi Dench for what I mean. However, the star is the young Jude Hill playing Buddy. The performance is perfection. If anyone doesn’t love this character by the end of the film, he has no heart. But Dornan, Hinds, and Balfe are all terrific. My quibbles come with the film’s political bent. Not sure why the leader of the Protestant rebels feels Pa is essential to their cause. And understanding this seems essential to the family’s decision. I could have missed something early in the film because it took these ears a while to adjust to the Irish accents. However, other than that -and some heavy handed foreshadowing- it’s a lovely, wonderful film.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Filming locations: Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 1.81 GiB
Duration : 1 h 38 min
Overall bit rate : 2 638 kb/s