Swallows and Amazons (2017)
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as Capt. Spall
as Mrs. Walker
as Mr. Jackson
as Mrs. Blackett
as John Walker
as Tatty Walker
as Susan Walker
as Old Billy
as Harbour Master
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As clunky as the movie can feel, there's a winning toughness to its unsentimental view of childhood and its nostalgia for a pre-digital age.
It's a charmingly old-fashioned family adventure - one that you can imagine several generations of a family gathering to watch on a rainy grey Sunday afternoon.
It's heartening to see Ransome's fiction taking on a new and more independent form, suggesting an ongoing relevance for a series of books that could easily be viewed as too dated for modern children.
I'll leave the new version to an audience who are either coming to Ransome for the first time or found him a bit dull... Because I'll have to concede, albeit through gritted teeth, that they might like this all-action, espionage-soaked adaptation.
Celebrating childhood innocence and the power of imagination, this old-fashioned charmer might ultimately appeal more to nostalgic adults than kids in the social-media age.
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