5 October 2015

Starter for 10

Starter for 10 2006
  • Director: Tom Vaughn
  • Based on novel by David Nicholls
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Catherine Tate, Guy Henry, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Charles Dance, Lyndsay Duncan, Elaine Tan
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction
    • James McAvoy – Filth, Wanted, Atonement, Becoming Jane, Macbeth (Retold), Inside I’m Dancing
    • Catherine Tate – The Catherine Tate Show
    • Guy Henry – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Creation, Wallander, Lost in Austin, Extras, V for Vendetta, Hustle
    • Dominic Cooper – My Week with Marilyn, An Education, Mamma Mia
    • Rebecca Hall – Transcendence, Frost/Nixon
    • Benedict Cumberbatch – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Creation, The Other Boleyn Girl, Atonement, Amazing Grace, To Kill a King
    • Charles Dance – Merlin, Gosford Park, Hilary and Jackie, Michael Collins, Aliens 3
    • Lyndsay Duncan Merlin, Wallander, Richard II (The Hollow Crown), Alice in Wonderland, Lost in Austin, Under the Tuscan Sun, A Life More Ordinary, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prick Up Your Ears
  • Why? James McAvoy
  • Seen: 13 September 2015  

We need a light-weight film. And James McAvoy – a very young James McAvoy – is always good to see.
A teen-age boy wants to know everything so he smart talks his way into a Bristol university, leaving his small town mates behind. In the 80’s. Thatcher’s England. There’s class conflict, music, unhappy love, total nerdy outsiderness. It has the feel of Billy Elliot. It’s not as light-weight as expected which only makes it better. It has a most likable cast.
What a good way to spend a Sunday evening. I love it. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s a gem in its way.


4 * of 4

PS The odd title refers to the questions asked on the University Challenge TV show in which our hero competes, around which the story revolves.


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