BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Hope and Glory ★★★★★
11.10pm-1.25am Movie Mix
Director John Boorman’s autobiographical film looks at the Blitz through the eyes of 9-year-old Billy (Sebastian Rice Edwards). For adults this was a time of fear and mortal danger but not for a small boy. To Billy and his friends the bombs and shells are a glorious firework display while ruined houses are simply an adventure playground. With his father called up, Billy and his sister (Sammi Davis) live with their mother (Sarah Miles) in London suburbia. But then their house is burnt down and they go to stay with granddad (Ian Bannen in great form) on the Thames at Shepperton. To turn the Blitz into a joyful comedy drama is some achievement but Boorman has managed it.
About a Boy ★★★★
Hugh Grant is in fine fettle as a slacker who uses single-parent support groups to pick up women. A meeting with Nicholas Hoult – in his awkward adolescent phase – soon changes his perspective.
The World Is Not Enough ★★★★
Pierce Brosnan has his hands full with villain Robert Carlyle and Bond girl Sophie Marceau in the 19th outing for the suave spy — the speedboat chase down the Thames is a highlight.
The Book of Eli ★★★
Denzel Washington holds the screen as the lone wanderer walking west across America on a quest that might restore hope to his post-apocalyptic world.
Secret Window ★★★
11.00pm-12.50am Horror Channel
This Stephen King thriller is no Misery, but the starring presence of Johnny Depp and John Turturro makes for breezy entertainment.
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