Veteran director John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance) continues his semi-autobiographical musings – first begun in 1987’s Hope and Glory – with the gently whimsical account of cinema-smitten dreamer Bill Rohan’s (Callum Turner) tour of duty in the British army, circa 1952. Bill and his prankster pal Percy Hapgood (Caleb Landry Jones) encounter a typical cast of comic military types, including a blustering sergeant major (David Thewlis), the regimental champion “skiver” (or malingerer, hilariously portrayed by Pat Shortt), and nervous commanding officer Richard E. Grant, who suffers fools badly. Boorman’s stroll down memory lane does not bowl us over with rapid-fire hilarity. It’s as charming and understated as a slice of pie with a cup of blackcurrant tea – very English, very civilized, a bit dozy, but open-hearted and generous in spirit. All in all, we’re happy he’s sharing it but it’s not one of his best (115 min.).
Director: John Boorman
Producer: John Boorman, Kieran Corrigan and Jean Labadie
Cast: David Thewlis, Tamsin Egerton, Vanessa Kirby, Caleb Jones, Richard Grant, Sinead Cusack, Brian F. O'Byrne and David Hayman