Last August we were invited to the premiere of SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS at the Odeon at the famous Leicester Square. Unfortunately we were spending the summer holiday with my family in the Czech Republic, which was a shame as the movie looked awesome.
Recently we have been sent a copy for a review as this movie will be available on Blu-ray, DVD & digital download from December 12th 2016!
Adapted from the classic children’s tale by Arthur Ransome, SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS tells the story of the Walker children, along with their mother (Kelly Macdonald – Brave, Anna Karenina), who embark on a summer trip to the beautiful Lake District.
Desperate to escape the tedium of the holiday they sail out on their own for the first time aboard the marvellous Swallow.
On their explorations they land ashore a seemingly deserted island and claim it as their own. However they soon realise that they are not alone, with two other children who captain their own vessel; Amazon, claiming the island to be theirs, leading to a battle of wits to determine who will triumph and take the island as their own!
While searching the island’s waters, the ‘Swallows’ also become intrigued by a mysterious man (Rafe Spall – The BFG, Life of Pi) who lives on a houseboat and seems to be hiding a dark secret… With Britain on the brink of war, the children find themselves in the midst of an adventure quite different from what they had planned.
Featuring a fantastic British cast including Andrew Scott (Spectre, Sherlock), Jessica Hynes (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Son of Rambow) and Harry Enfield (Scottish Mussel, The Bad Education Movie), SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS brings to life the wonderful children’s novel from 1930, staying true to the classic novel with a sprinkling of silver screen magic.
I ahve to say that this charming story has truly lived up to my expectations, and we loved watching it togetehr as a family on one cold night. The stunning locations make me want to visit Lake District more and more, and hopefully will do so next spring or summer.
This could be a wonderful story for the whole family to enjoy this Xmas, and I am sure we will watch it again during the long Xmas holidays.