Johnny and the Bomb (Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Bomb) Reviews

  • Aug 07, 2011

    Book was wonderful, so I had to watch the movie. It's not the best adaptation and lots of things were changed. However, in the end it was quite entertaining to watch. Great performances given by all. It was nice to see Zoe Wanamaker also.

    Book was wonderful, so I had to watch the movie. It's not the best adaptation and lots of things were changed. However, in the end it was quite entertaining to watch. Great performances given by all. It was nice to see Zoe Wanamaker also.

  • Mar 14, 2009

    The British have a funny relationship with time travel. It seems they mainly want to go back when they were being bombed, or at least back to some war or other. "Biggles", "An Angel for May", the TV series "Goodnight Sweetheart", and "Johnny and the Bomb" all have this in common. Maybe the British don't need to invent time travel. They just need to find someone to bomb them again. Based on a book by Terry Pratchett, "Johnny and the Bomb" is a sort of "Goonies" meets "Back to the Future", except it has about half the rhythm of those two American films, and instead of travelling through time "in style", the gang of teenage heroes use a supermarket trolley ("the first time machine without a clock !") borrowed from an eccentric homeless woman - the aptly named Mrs. Tachyon, and no less aptly nicknamed Tacky Nora. The movie has the gang mess things up with their first time trip into the Blitz, and then try to get things right again. The two teenage leads, George MacKay (who was in the rather good 2003 version of "Peter Pan") and Jazmine Franks are both excellent, the other three are more average ; and the film also boasts veterans Frank Finlay and Zoe Wanamaker, though I expected the latter's character to be the movie's Doc Brown, while she is only there to lend her trolley and does not have much of a role to play. All in all, this is a charming little film, with a good sense of wonder, so-so CGI, quite a few funny moments (that's the least you'd expect from Terry Pratchett) and good morals.

    The British have a funny relationship with time travel. It seems they mainly want to go back when they were being bombed, or at least back to some war or other. "Biggles", "An Angel for May", the TV series "Goodnight Sweetheart", and "Johnny and the Bomb" all have this in common. Maybe the British don't need to invent time travel. They just need to find someone to bomb them again. Based on a book by Terry Pratchett, "Johnny and the Bomb" is a sort of "Goonies" meets "Back to the Future", except it has about half the rhythm of those two American films, and instead of travelling through time "in style", the gang of teenage heroes use a supermarket trolley ("the first time machine without a clock !") borrowed from an eccentric homeless woman - the aptly named Mrs. Tachyon, and no less aptly nicknamed Tacky Nora. The movie has the gang mess things up with their first time trip into the Blitz, and then try to get things right again. The two teenage leads, George MacKay (who was in the rather good 2003 version of "Peter Pan") and Jazmine Franks are both excellent, the other three are more average ; and the film also boasts veterans Frank Finlay and Zoe Wanamaker, though I expected the latter's character to be the movie's Doc Brown, while she is only there to lend her trolley and does not have much of a role to play. All in all, this is a charming little film, with a good sense of wonder, so-so CGI, quite a few funny moments (that's the least you'd expect from Terry Pratchett) and good morals.

  • Aug 21, 2008

    Divertida... britanicamente... para pasar la tarde.

    Divertida... britanicamente... para pasar la tarde.

  • The M Super Reviewer
    Apr 22, 2008

    The best of the three "Johnny" book's according to me.

    The best of the three "Johnny" book's according to me.