Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 97 minutes
Directors: Philippa Lowthorpe
Writers: Andrea Gibb, Arthur Ransome
Casts: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Richard Bremmer, Harry Enfield, Fenella Woolgar, John Henshaw, Orla Hill, Sophie Wardlow, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Hannah Jayne Thorp, Bobby McCulloch, Seren Hawkes, Dane Hughes
IMDB: Swallows and Amazons (2016) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.8
The Telegraph -
This is high adventure in safe hands.
Time Out London -
The film's pleasures are simple - soaring landscapes, old-school DIY adventure and some sweet performances by the child actors. It makes for a charmingly old-fashioned family adventure.
It's heartening to see Ransome's fiction taking on a new and more independent form, suggesting an ongoing relevance for a series of books that could easily be viewed as too dated for modern children. As the kids put it: Swallows and Amazons forever.
It still feels old-fashioned rather than timeless and even on its family entertainment terms, it just doesn't quicken the pulse-rate.
Swallows and Amazons (2016)
About two different groups of children who encounter one another on a small piece of land in a lake which they both live by. Both groups try to claim the land as theirs and do so role playing as two sets of enemy pirates. Whilst this happens they encounter another boat and a stranger, they must now work together to work out who he is and why he is there, but have they got themselves involved in something much bigger?