An Awfully Big Adventure Reviews

  • Sep 05, 2020

    Based on Beryl Bainbridge's title of the same title which is a nod to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Mike Newell tells a teenage girl's coming of age and sexual awakening when working backstage at a postwar Liverpool theatrical troupe with wry poignancy and bleakness.

    Based on Beryl Bainbridge's title of the same title which is a nod to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Mike Newell tells a teenage girl's coming of age and sexual awakening when working backstage at a postwar Liverpool theatrical troupe with wry poignancy and bleakness.

  • Jan 29, 2020

    Considering the source material and cast this film was an awfully big disappointment.

    Considering the source material and cast this film was an awfully big disappointment.

  • Nov 07, 2013

    Dull and drawn out. Nothing happens for the first 95% of the movie, and then everything happens at the end. The conclusion is so swift and left-field it is like you're watching another movie. Pacing is ridiculously bad. Title is very inappropriate, as it implies an adventure story or at least a comedy. It is nothing of the sort. Good performance by Alan Rickman in the lead role. Hugh Grant plays the bad guy, and does it well. Georgina Cates is OK as Stella.

    Dull and drawn out. Nothing happens for the first 95% of the movie, and then everything happens at the end. The conclusion is so swift and left-field it is like you're watching another movie. Pacing is ridiculously bad. Title is very inappropriate, as it implies an adventure story or at least a comedy. It is nothing of the sort. Good performance by Alan Rickman in the lead role. Hugh Grant plays the bad guy, and does it well. Georgina Cates is OK as Stella.

  • Jan 12, 2013

    Quite well done except for the ending

    Quite well done except for the ending

  • Jun 08, 2012

    Alan Rickman was brilliant in this film (he's mainly the reason why I watched this in the first place). Slow-paced and becomes a bit dull at some parts but I still believe it was well worth watching. What a plot twist!

    Alan Rickman was brilliant in this film (he's mainly the reason why I watched this in the first place). Slow-paced and becomes a bit dull at some parts but I still believe it was well worth watching. What a plot twist!

  • Apr 05, 2012

    Sick & sad. I love most of the films that Alan Rickman are in, but this one was uncomfortable... which translate to good work from the director's and actors stand points.

    Sick & sad. I love most of the films that Alan Rickman are in, but this one was uncomfortable... which translate to good work from the director's and actors stand points.

  • Jun 25, 2011

    I Love Alan Rickman, But.... this Movie Was WEIRD.

    I Love Alan Rickman, But.... this Movie Was WEIRD.

  • Apr 16, 2011

    interesting play within the movie centers around a group of amateur actors who try to put on a play in post WWII britian.

    interesting play within the movie centers around a group of amateur actors who try to put on a play in post WWII britian.

  • Dec 28, 2010

    A very strange movie, one that I didn't enjoy very much until Rickman came in around 50 minutes. But then it got odd, in a good way. The nudity was completely uncensored and some of the jokes completely inappropriate, but I loved them. The scenes between Rickman and Cates were amazing, for I love the plot of one finding a person who truly appreciates them. The final discovery is somewhat expected, but no less heartbreaking. The trauma that shone on Rickman's face after the discovery is beautiful. I am left somewhat believing that the end is not an accident. This was a movie that is not very enjoyable to watch until it comes to a head and gets to the point. While I would likely not watch it again for the theatrical tidbits, I would gladly view the scenes between Rickman and Cates over again. 6.7/10.

    A very strange movie, one that I didn't enjoy very much until Rickman came in around 50 minutes. But then it got odd, in a good way. The nudity was completely uncensored and some of the jokes completely inappropriate, but I loved them. The scenes between Rickman and Cates were amazing, for I love the plot of one finding a person who truly appreciates them. The final discovery is somewhat expected, but no less heartbreaking. The trauma that shone on Rickman's face after the discovery is beautiful. I am left somewhat believing that the end is not an accident. This was a movie that is not very enjoyable to watch until it comes to a head and gets to the point. While I would likely not watch it again for the theatrical tidbits, I would gladly view the scenes between Rickman and Cates over again. 6.7/10.

  • Nov 02, 2010

    Bittersweet is right. Good movie, superb cast.

    Bittersweet is right. Good movie, superb cast.