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Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

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World War II: What if Nazis seized London and all of England had to band together? When scarily campy Nazi leaders invade by drilling under the English Channel and up through the cobblestones on Whitehall, Churchill leaves his quiet retirement with a cat that looks like Hitler to issue a call to arms from his bunker under Downing Street. Chris, a young farm worker with large hands, rallies the village to fight the good fight -- including an alcoholic Vicar, the oldest man in the town, several

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Comedy, Animation

Jul 26, 2011

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A notable voice cast, including Ewan McGregor and Timothy Spall, makes very little mark at all. Profoundly silly, it should be. Pointless, it shouldn't.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A refreshing offering of comedic insanity. The movie tuckers out quickly, but when its mix of chaos and slapstick comes together, it makes for a highly enjoyable curiosity.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

For sheer oddity value this creation of filmmaking brothers Edward and Rory McHenry must rank as some kind of collector's item.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A thoroughly mirthless, baby-brained attempt to apply the gross-out humour of Team America to an alternate history of the Second World War via an unfunny script and risible voice acting from a cast that should know better.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The film?s real undoing is the weak script. Dominated by tired racial stereotypes, it?s as if the McHenry brothers have watched too many old episodes of ?Allo ?Allo.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It's all deeply silly, but agreeably so with some smart one-liners, tongue-incheek humour and nobody taking themselves too seriously.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Sadly plumps for lowest-common-denominator idiocy of the let's-put-Hitler-in-a-frilly-dress variety.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It tries to both celebrate and lampoon British culture and spirit at the same time, only the end result is surprisingly flat.

October 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Dad's Army premise is undermined by a limp script and soggy Braveheart pastiche, although the strong voice cast prevent disaster.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you've ever admired Zulu, enjoyed Thunderbirds, laughed at Dad's Army and Spitting Image or played with an Airfix kit, then this is the film for you.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

A fun and diverting 90 minutes of puppet chaos made with care, love and some impressively detailed old-school model work.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Jackboots is a film for anyone who played with Action Man, Barbie, Airfix kits or Hornby model railways as a child.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Realised through animated puppets it will inevitably be compared to Team America:World Police, a likeness that does it no favours.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

The attention to detail that have been lavished on the models hasn't been applied to the script and the final plot swerves reeks more of desperation than a satisfying conclusion.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A crudely made, low budget animation that exceeds expectations by providing a surprising amount of laughs for a more mature audience.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Stupid, throwaway nonsense - and that's the whole idea.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Like a British variation on Team America, this loudly hilarious wartime romp pushes its parallel-reality scenario in some very funny directions, although it perhaps relies too much on postmodern pop-culture references.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Jackboots on Whitehall

Nazis invade London by tunneling under the English Channel in this alternate history comedy acted out with action figures. It's an appealingly baked concept, but the jokes are embarrassingly silly (Hitler in a chiffon gown!)
November 10, 2011
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Greg S

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In this reality, England was unable to evacuate its troops from Dunkirk in 1940, leaving it almost totally defenseless with the exception of the Home Guard which includes Chris who was exempted from military service due to having hands that are too large. Regardless, the Home Guard proves amazingly effective in fighting off the Hindenburg. Since the high road does not work, the dastardly Nazis instead take the low road by tunneling directly to London, forcing Winston Churchill to retreat to *gasp* Scotland.

As much a fan as I am of alternate history stories, the bare production values of the animated "Jackboots on Whitehall," especially in comparison to the excellent vocal talent(Is it just me or is Timothy Spall making a career of playing Winston Churchill while waiting for Mike Leigh's phone call?), makes it hard to like it at first.(Look, I'm not big on production values but when it appears the guy from "Marwencol" could have done a better job...) It eventually does get better, throwing in pretty much every imaginable thing and accent it can think of, thankfully holding off on the pop culture references as long as possible. For the record, the Hindenburg is here probably just because it looks cool. But then there is how Scotland is depicted which goes beyond stereotypes with one moment that really made me cringe.
July 26, 2012
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Walter M.

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