BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Hope and Glory
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix
Director John Boorman’s autobiographical film looks at the Blitz through the eyes of nine-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.
A better than average boy-meets-witch romantic tale, but even supernatural young love suffers from the interference of bossy parents. Jeremy Irons adds a little extra magic.
Julianne Moore steps into Jodie Foster’s shoes as the FBI agent who has to go face-to-face with Anthony Hopkins’s caged cannibal. The tone may be slightly lighter, but he still has a tendency to bite…
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
“Don’t make me vengeful and super-smart; you wouldn’t like me when I’m vengeful and super-smart” seems to be lead chimp Caesar’s message in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.
Clint Eastwood has that unmistakable glint in his eye as Dirty Harry. He reprises the role in Ted Post’s sequel and he’s packing a .44 Magnum to make your day.
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