Movie Review: FELICITY, AN AMERICAN GIRL 1775

The Children’s War recently watched and reviewed Felicity, An American Girl 1775 for the American Revolution Reading Challenge in 2013.  Here’s an excerpt:

There are lots of historical elements in Felicity besides being an engaging coming of age story.  The two sides, patriot and loyalist, are explained clearly in the context of the story so that young viewers will have no trouble understanding the events that led to the American Revolution.  And in keeping with the themes of freedom, independence, and responsibility, the practice of apprenticeship is also clearly presented.

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Movie Review: Oh! What a Lovely War

One Great War recently watched and reviewed the movie Oh! What a Lovely War for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a snippet:

What I liked about this film were the songs themselves. They gave such a great sense of time and place. The settings, Brighton Pier in particular, were fascinating, and the surrealist element worked well, although I did feel preached to about how Haig and co viewed the war (and sold it to a generation of unsuspecting youths) as an entertaining afternoon outing.

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Movie Review: THE AWAKENING

One Great War watched and reviewed The Awakening for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Awakening, a 2011 film set in 1921, starring Rebecca Hall as Florence Cathcart, ghost hoax exposer, and Dominic West as Robert Mallory, a World War I veteran who is now history master at a “haunted” school. This film wears all the trappings of a haunted house film, and the “horror” plot has been rightly criticised for being predictable and formulaic. However, I actually loved this film. WWI and the consequences of it pervaded the film and haunted both Cathcart and Mallory.

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Movie Review: IN LOVE AND WAR

One Great War watched and reviewed In Love and War, the movie, for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

Chris O’Donnell plays Hemingway, who is basically a cocky eighteen-year-old idiot. Sandra Bullock plays the older, calmer von Kurowsky, who comes across as appealing and intelligent, but very controlled. It is difficult to understand what she sees in Hemingway, who is attractive and charming in that way teenage boys can be, but doesn’t have much else to recommend him.

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Review: WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo

One Great War recently read, watched the movie, and reviewed War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.  Here’s a snippet:

War Horse, a 1982 children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo and a 2011 film adaptation of the book, directed by Stephen Spielberg. If I had only read the book or seen the film, I think my review of either would have been glowing, but having seen the film, reading the book somehow made me enjoy both less.

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Movie Review: THE FIGHTING 69TH

Bitter Tea and Mystery watched and reviewed The Fighting 69th for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

This movie is a film about events in World War I produced by Warner Brothers in 1940, at a time that the second World War was escalating in Europe. I found this movie to be a confusing mix of propaganda, humor, and depictions of the grim realities of war. Since it features a real regiment, with some characters who really fought in the war, it does give us a picture of that time.

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Movie Review: WAR HORSE

Books and Movies watched and reviewed War Horse for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

This movie was epic, but of course, what else would you expect from Steven Spielberg? War Horse follows Joey, a horse trained by a young farmer’s son named Albert, as he moves from owner to owner during the course of World War I. As I am not a big animal person, I was worried about whether or not I could stay engaged in what was, essentially, the horse’s story, but I was completely engrossed from opening scene to closing credits. And so was the whole family, everyone from age 46 down to age 10 – and that is saying a lot, as the movie runs about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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