And now for something completely different,
well that’s how Monty Python would put it.
And no I’m not wearing lingerie with suspenders as I type this. Only wear that when I edit, cold has a certain motivating quality unlike anything else.
I wanted to review this before Graham over at Stranger Views beat me to the punch.
You on the ball bastard you!
I got there first!
Ha ha hahhahaha!
Me! Yes me!
Hee hee hoo hoo!
Okay enough of that on with the review
Love during any harsh time is a human staple.
We need it, we need these stories to remind ourselves of how lucky we are. Also first love? There is none sweeter. Period.
Although that said, this movie got me more in my brain than anywhere else. I think maybe a wilderness survival course will be on the cards for 2015.
I loved the colour casts that they used to distinguish between the joy of the farmhouse and the cold despair of the ‘real’ world.
I respect that Daisy’s character even if I may have wanted to throttle her at more than one point through out the film. But regardless she was a strong female character something I never tire of seeing.
There were a few moments of huh? When daisy seemed to completely miss the point of why she was doing what she was doing. Never the less what I said about strong woman still stands.
This movie was a surprise, something a little different to the stuff I usually gravitate towards. However the promise of a teen love story set over the outbreak of world war 3 was just too much to resist.
Based on a book of the same name by Meg Rosoff, the story follows Elizabeth who as far as we can tell has been flown to england to spend the summer visiting her cousins in the countryside.
“No - one calls me Elizabeth.
Except my dad and he’s an asshole.
So if you don’t mind, my name is Daisy”
With that one line Eliz… er… I mean Daisy (played by Saoirse ‘wow, I totally didn’t recognise you at all’ Ronan) tells you everything about herself. Well, except for the compulsive hand washing.
She is collected from the airport in the family’s land rover by cousin Isaac age 14. Give it a minute, it will sink in. On arrival at the farmhouse Daisy meets her sweeter than sweet cousin Piper and far less talkative Ron Weasley look alike, Eddie.
As is the fashion in such tales, after a period of being a bitch and holding everyone at arms length Daisy eventually succumbs to the infectious joy that is the three siblings.
She joins them as they bonfire, dance in the forest and falls in love with Ron, er I mean Eddie. They swim in water so cold that just watching will make your funny bits shrivel.
But that’s before the bombs start to fall.
I like the backdrop of the film. The stark contrast between the idyllic existence of a seemingly endless summer and the faceless brutality of war. It’s something we all hope to avoid in our lifetime, we pray that it will stay far away in the mystical realm of the flashing plasma screened box. But the truth is, it’s only ever right around the corner.