Goodbye Mr Chips (2002).

remote.jpgThis exists. It’s a TV remake of the 1939 movie of the same name. Starring Martin Clunes and Victoria Hamilton.

I adore the 1939 version, and seeing as the adaptation I am presently reviewing is a TV adaptation, there are plenty of considerations to put into play (not least a gap of production of about 70 years…).

I loved the locations used in this TV adaptation – for one, Winchester College and Harrow! It brings to life the ambience which I imagine exists in a public boys school. Clunes plys the role of Chipping well, but nothing tops Donat’s portrayal.

In this variation, it seems they focused more on the boys at the school and their hijinks. This isn’t bad, indeed it makes the war scenes sadder. The problem is just that I couldn’t really feel the full character of Chipping – great foundation stones though. I guess the 1939 variation did have a wafer thin plot.

Clunes is good in the role of Mr Chipping and Victoria Hamilton plays the role of his wife Kathie. They played the pairing well, and Clunes conveyed emotion well. In this adaptation the emphasis is on the changing face of education post-war with the school wanting to attract the nouveau riche pupils and the culling of scholarships for the poorer pupils.

A good TV adaption but I will always have a soft spot for the original 1939 movie.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****



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