HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud, The
Spoilers, The
Killer Therapy
Man Upstairs, The
Bloodhound, The
New Mutants, The
Tesla
Flame of New Orleans, The
Ham on Rye
Imperial Blue
Tenet
August 32nd on Earth
Don is Dead, The
Seven Sinners
Body of Water
Away
Soul
About Endlessness
Let It Snow
Ava
Deliver Us from Evil
Shark Attack 3: Megalodon
Midnight Sky, The
Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, The
Mon Oncle Antoine
Blast of Silence
Blackout, The
Stars in Your Eyes
Alone
Climate of the Hunter
Farewell Amor
Let's Scare Julie
Okko's Inn
Shaolin vs. Wu Tang
Fatman
Butt Boy
Dog of Flanders, The
Bushido Blade, The
Jiu Jitsu
Blind
   
 
Newest Articles
Network Double Bills: Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Ring of Spies
Chaney Chillers: Inner Sanctum Mysteries - The Complete Film Series on Blu-ray
Adelphi Extras: Stars in Your Eyes on Blu-ray
Toons for the Heads: Fantastic Planet and Adult Animation
Nature Girl: The New World on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Perfect Friday and Robbery
Network Double Bills: The House in Nightmare Park and The Man Who Haunted Himself
Newley Minted: The Strange World of Gurney Slade on Blu-ray
Bad Love: The Night Porter on Blu-ray
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
   
 
  Come Away The Playing's The Thing
Year: 2020
Director: Brenda Chapman
Stars: David Oyelowo, Angelina Jolie, Anna Chancellor, Keira Chansa, Jordan A. Nash, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Caine, Derek Jacobi, Clarke Peters, David Gyasi, Reece Yates, Jenny Galloway, Ned Dennehy, Daniel Swain, Nigel Plaskitt, Keith Chanter
Genre: Drama, FantasyBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Alice (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is telling her children a bedtime story, one that is very close to her heart, about the time when she was a little girl (Keira Chansa) living in a house in the woods with her mother (Angelina Jolie) and father (David Oyelowo) and her two brothers, Peter (Jordan A. Nash) and David (Reece Yates). What she and her siblings most liked to do was play, and their imaginations were healthily exercised by their surroundings so that it seemed as if nothing would threaten their idyll. Father would build model boats to be sold to keep their heads above water financially, and though their aunt (Anna Chancellor) disapproved of Alice's free-spirited upbringing, the child loved it - until tragedy occurred.

Placing Alice of Wonderland fame and Peter Pan of Neverland fame together seems like such an obvious choice that it was surprising it had not been tried before in this fashion, where they were brother and sister. Maybe the fact they were written in different eras made authors not realise their potential for joining forces, yet you could argue the screenwriter here, Marissa Kate Goodhill, had not quite grasped how to fulfil the promise of what she had hit upon. They should have been two great tastes that tasted great together, to use advertising parlance, but in effect they tasted more or less the same together, despite being played by two obviously very capable child performers who could have done a lot more with the concept given half the chance.

The plot had David despatched with unseemly haste, leaving the family to grieve, so mother hits the bottle and father the gambling dens, where it turns out he has a major debt outstanding that some London nasties want him to pay back pronto. Meanwhile, Peter and Alice wish to help the best they can, so embracing the adventurousness of their alter egos when playing they venture out at night to pawn their brother's pocket watch amid the capital's lowlifes, who may be Dickensian or may be Edwardian, the exact time frame was rather more fluid than it should have been (Alice in the linking scenes does not appear to be in the nineteen-thirties, it had to be said). The production had not blown the whole budget on getting Angelina - who was looking stranger and more otherworldly with each passing year - so there were guest stars to reckon with as well.

Michael Caine appeared for a couple of scenes, and Derek Jacobi was in one too, amounting to around three minutes of screen time, if that; patently there to add prestige, but more likely to make their fans irritated they were not in it for longer. Another familiar face was Clarke Peters who played the pawnshop owner as The Mad Hatter, seemingly so they could include a few lines from Carroll (the White Rabbit was Alice's toy, now a puppet operated by Nigel Plaskitt, who older Brits would know as Hartley Hare from Pipkins). The elements were assuredly present for something quite provocative as far as a reimagining went, but what was it saying about escapism when it amounted less to entertainment and comfort, and more denial and sticking your head in the sand, ostrich-style? The manner in which Come Away see-sawed from reality to fantasy resulted in a lack of coherence, but at least it served up a tone that was eccentric enough to keep you watching, and director Brenda Chapman (an animator of Brave fame) had a nice historical sensibility even if that history was confused. A real oddity, but undeniably intriguing. Music by John Debney.

[Signature Entertainment presents Come Away in Cinemas from 18th December 2020.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 215 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
Enoch Sneed
  Geraint Morgan
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
   

 

Last Updated: