Based on the 1930s classic, best-selling novel, does ‘Swallows and Amazons’ soar to the top or sail to the bottom?
Set in the summer of 1935, ‘Swallows And Amazons’ follows the four children of the Walker family and their mother (Kelly Macdonald) as they holiday to the Lake District. Upon arriving, the children decide to sail to a mysterious island in the lake and, after much pleading with their mother, set sail aboard their vessel, The Swallow. However, when they arrive they realise it’s not plain-sailing and they soon realise that they’re not the only people on the island and what soon entails is a story of adventure, danger and excitement for all.
I really enjoyed this film – it’s fun, light-hearted and overall a joy to watch. All of the cast give brilliant performances, including the younger actors. The script was well written, too, the dialogue between the children being natural and not cringe-worthy, which I find dialogue often is in children’s films.
Although it’s not full of edge-of-your-seat action, ‘Swallows And Amazons’ does keep you gripped as an audience. In the dramatic finale, I found myself completely engrossed in the film, rooting for the protagonists and thoroughly enjoying myself. The film also, unlike most films coming out this year, seems to contain no CGI or computerised special effects – it’s all practical. This is nice as I feel the film doesn’t need to be bogged-down in fake explosions and the like and that it works perfectly well as it is.
Overall, I really enjoyed ‘Swallows And Amazons’ and would recommend it to anyone of any age. Because of this, I feel ‘Swallows And Amazons’ deserves eight-out-of-ten.
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