Ginger & Rosa Reviews
Always a pleasure to see Benning, Spall, or Platt being cast.
That said, I find it hard to believe that Elle Fanning has sufficient box office pull to justify it, and Annette Bening doesn't have a major role. Weird. For some people, a dodgy fake accent isn't that big of a distraction but as one who has lived back and forth between the UK and USA throughout my life, my ear is very attuned to the differences in intonation, diction, pronunciation that separate American-English and British-English, so I simply can't get past it. Plus, I find that most Americans seem to think that there is one British accent, the so-called Queen's English, when in fact there are dozens of regional accents and even within London there are accents specific to each borough. Most importantly of all, which kind of British accent one speaks with is still, to this day, a huge indicator of class, that dreadful holdover from ye olden times that everyone pretends doesn't exist anymore but still does. You can tell enormous amounts about a person in Britain just from the way they speak. But not in Ginger & Rosa. Fanning, and most of the other actors, speak in a generic (and not very convincing) type of Queen's English, which doesn't match the downtrodden living conditions they seem to be in. Without biographical details offered by the script itself, an observer would never be able to place any of the characters as coming from a particular background.
So I found Fanning's performance unbearable and I have to admit that I did not watch the entire film but started fast forwarding through about 12 minutes in to see if it ever got any better or anything happened at any point. Nope.
The 1 and a half stars are in consideration of the dreamy look of the film and in appreciation of the hot actor playing Ginger's dad.
Ginger & Rosa shot at several locations in Kent including Dengemarsh Sound Mirrors, Lydd on Sea, Lade Beach, Greatstone, Lydd Ranges, Lydd and Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey
Ginger & Rosa received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 79% of 101 critics gave the film a good review, with an average rating of 6.7/10 and the consensus that "Elle Fanning gives a terrific performance in this powerful coming-of-age tale about a pair of teenage girls whose friendship is unnerved by the threat of nuclear war." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 1 to 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film a 70 based on 24 critics indicating "generally favorable reviews." Swedish critic Pidde Andersson compared the film favourably to the films of Jean Rollin.
I think that elle fanning was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie....I think that this is such a touching movie 2 watch, it is such a beautifully directed/acted/written movie 2 watch, I think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch, its got a great soundtrack throughout this movie.....man this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch, with a great cast throughout this movie.....