A beautiful film from the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo.
Time, injustice and hypocrisy are just three themes that run through this movie. If you are not moved by this movie then you are not human.
The book is supposed to be for young adults but it could be read by anyone of any age. The film does it justice, and we see the view of the ‘old world’ in the guise of The Colonel, played by the late Richard Griffiths, who thinks he knows more about war than the soldiers fighting and dying. War in the 1880s and war in 1914 was very different.
The two main actors: Jack O’Connel and George MacKay work so well together as a pairing playing brothers. The relationship between Charlie and Tommo in the film is how all brother relationships should be – willing to stand by your brother no matter what, even in the face of adversity.
The film ends just before the ‘Big Push’ or the Battle of The Somme. And personally I think that even if Tommo had made a promise to his brother to survive and take care of those left behind, given the tragic reality of the Somme, he probably died too.
MY RATING: 5 / 5.