The History Boys

May 11, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

MOVIE:  The History Boys

NUTSHELL:  In 1983 Sheffield, a group of students at a grammar school spend their last term trying to pass the Oxbridge exams with the help of two very different professors.

GOOD THINGS:  A lot of good words, an impeccable cast, stuff to say about big things like education, love and “Now, Voyager”, cute teenagers, 80’s pop soundtrack, entire scene in French

BAD THINGS:  Deeply, deeply unpleasant subject matter, Clive Merrison as a wacky Thatchery Headmaster

FEATURES:  Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Stephen Campbell Moore, Georgia Taylor from “Blackpool”, Shaun of the Dead’s mum, sort of a lot of singing

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Here’s this great movie from a play which is possibly staged too similarly to a play but it didn’t bother me a bit. However, the unpleasant subject matter gets closer and closer to the central themes and story until you can’t really avoid it and all every

NOTABLE:  So is the intensely Christian P.E. teacher some sort of archetype in British culture because it does crop up a lot, doesn’t it?

BEST PART:  Oh I love me that little mod kid.

BEST LINE:  How do I define history? Well it’s just one fucking thing after another, isn’t it?

CROWNS:  5 out of 5

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