6 June 2016

The Kid

The Kid
  • Director: Nick Moran
  • Based on the book by Kevin Lewis
  • Cast: Rupert Friend, Natascha McElhone, Ioan Gruffud, Tom Burke, David O’Hara, Jodie Whittaker, Bernard Hill, James Fox, Augustus Prew, Con O’Neill, Shirley Ann Field, Johnny Palmiero
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Rupert Friend – The Young Victoria, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Libertine
    • Natascha McElhone – Ladies in Lavender, The Oher Boleyn Girl, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Surviving Picasso, Cold Lazarus, Karaoke, Absolutely Fabulous
    • Ioan Gruffud – Amazing Grace, King Arthur, Very Annie Mary, Great Expectations, Titanic, Wilde
    • Tom Burke – The Invisible Woman, Great Expectations, The Libertine
    • David O’Hara – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hotel Rwanda, Braveheart
    • Jodie Whittaker – Cranford
    • Bernard Hill -  Wolf Hall, The Lord of the Rings, Valkyria, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titanic, Shirley Valentine, Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3, Richard III, Gandhi, I Claudius
    • James Fox - London Spy, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, Charley and the Chocolate Factory, The Remains of the Day, Isadora
    • Augustus Prew – About a Boy
    • Con O’Neill – Frank, Wallander
    • Shirley Ann Field – My Beautiful Laundromat, Alfie
  • Sounded good. Grim but good.
  • Seen: 4 June 2016      

       Screaming, drunken, abusive parents turn young Kevin Lewis into a very problematic foster child. Along the way he meets understanding and supportive adults but bad decisions as a young adult and some more hard knocks lead to even more bad decisions. Crooked partners, booze, pills, lost love, debts, suicide attempt.
       And then it ends happily. It’s based on a true story so we have to believe it.
       It’s quite good actually.

3 ½ * of 5

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