In the final days of the summer holidays….Love Bridgnorth Film Reviewer Charlie Pugh says, “Swallows and Amazons is an absolute joy from start to finish and serves as a great reminder why summer can be amazing, if you find the right thing to do…”
Times at Bridgnorth Majestic Cinema: Daily 3.40pm
Four children, while visiting the Lake District with their mother (Kelly MacDonald), discover a remote island. Deciding to camp there the quartet find themselves at the centre of a conflict between two other children, the Blacketts, who start to battle for ownership of the island. But when the Blacketts’ Uncle, Jim Turner (Rafe Spall), is revealed to have secrets of his own, both sides must put aside their differences to find out the truth.
Based on the much loved Arthur Ransome books, Swallows and Amazons is a hugely enjoyable family adventure film. Taking influence from numerous 80’s Spielberg family adventures such Indiana Jones and The Goonies, the children joyfully re-imagine a ‘Neverland’ environment with pirate battles, camps and exploration turned into quests of ‘destiny’. Even when the plot adds in elements of real danger such as Jim Turner’s Russian espionage, it never loses it’s sense of childlike excitement.
The child actors are amazing, with the character of Tatty (Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen) being a show stealer with her feisty attitude and funny lust for gore and the youngest one Roger (Bobby McCulloch) being absolutely adorable.