BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY Bambi★★★★★ Premiere 5.35-6.55pm C5
If they haven’t already seen the film, please don’t let your small children read this lest it put them off: the death of Bambi’s mother is probably the most heart-rending moment in cinema. Remember? “Run, Bambi, run!” then shots ringing out and Bambi’s father telling him he will never see his mother again. This story of a gawky young deer growing up in the forest is among the best of Disney’s animated features and because of that death certainly the most memorable. A film for children, though? Oh, yes. There’s plenty of comedy, provided by Thumper the toothy rabbit and Flower the shy skunk, along with tragedy and danger — hunting dogs, fire and a fight to the death with another deer. And there’s romance in the shape of Faline, the pretty doe. Bambi never talks down to children but instead makes them aware that dark as well as lovely events could lie in store. Seeing it is part of the growing-up process.
A bit of quality costume drama here, as intrigue and romance abound in 18th-century Denmark. Mads Mikkelsen (TV’s Hannibal) plays a German doctor who wins the trust of the mentally ill king, and also wins the love of his queen.
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Death comes to us all – but rarely in as inventive a fashion as the gruesome ends on display in this smart horror flick. When Devon Sawa has a premonition of a plane crash he gets off the flight, and escapes his fate. But you can’t hide from the Grim Reaper…