12 February 2018

From Time to Time


From Time to Time 2009
  • Director: Julian Fellowes
  • Based on the novel by Lucy M. Boston
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Etel, Pauline Collins, Timothy Spall, Eliza Bennett, Dominic West, Douglas Booth, Hugh Bonneville, Harriet Walter, Kwayedza Kureya, Carice van Houten
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Maggie Smith – Lady in the Van, My Old Lady, Hotel Marigold 1 and 2, Downton Abbey, the Harry Potter films, The Quartet, Becoming Jane, Keeping Mum, Ladies in Lavender, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Gosford Park, David Copperfield, Tea with Mussolini, The First Wives’ Club, Richard III, Sister Acts 1 and 2, A Room with a View, Quartet (1981), Oh What a Lovely War, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    • Alex Etel – Cranford, Millions
    • Pauline Collins – Quartet, Merlin, Doctor Who, Bleak House, Shirley Valentine, Upstairs Downstairs
    • Timothy Spall – Alice in Wonderland, Mr Turner, The Love Punch, Ginger and Rosa, Harry Potter, The King’s Speech, Sweeney Todd, Auf Wierdersehen Pet, My House in Umbria, All or Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Topsy-Turvy, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Secret’s and Lies, Spender, Life Is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Dominic West – Genius, Testament of Youth, The Wire, Mona Lisa’s Smile, Chicago, 28 Days, Star Wars, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Surviving Picasso, Richard III
    • Douglas Booth – Jupiter Ascending, Pillars of the Earth
    • Hugh Bonneville – The Hollow Crown, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Lost in Austen, Bonekickers, Daniel Deronda, Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
    • Carice van Houten – Repo Men, Valkyrie
    • Harriet Walter – Star Wars the Force Awakens, London Spy, Downton Abbey, The Young Victoria, Atonement, Babel, Bright Young Things, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Sense and Sensibility
  • Why? Maggie Smith
  • Seen: 11 February 2018      
       Tolly (Etel) is thirteen years old and arrives at his grandmother’s (Smith) country estate as the war is ending. His father is missing in action. Most assume he is dead but not Tolly.
       He explores the old mansion and asks a lot of questions about their ancestors of his grandmother, the old free-spoken housekeeper (Collins) and groundskeeper (Spall). Then he starts seeing ghosts. His grandmother is not at all surprised.
       The story goes back to the 19th century. Tolly’s great-something grandfather (Bonneville), a sea captain, brings back a runaway slave Jacob (Kureya) to be companion and friend to his blind daughter Susan (Bennett), whose mother (van Houten) and brother Seton (Booth) are not well pleased. Seton and the butler (West) are sadistic bullies. Jacob, Susan and the servants are at their mercy and Tolly is powerless to help them because only Susan knows he’s there. But then Jacob and a servant girl see him and he’s now able to help them.
       I hadn’t expected a ghost story but find that I quite enjoy it

3 ½ * of 5 (the extra ½ is just because I love Maggie Smith and she gets 5* as always.



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