Wondrous Oblivion (2006)
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as David Wiseman
as Dennis Samuels
as Mr. Pugh
as Grace Samuels
as Judy Samuels
as Dorothy Samuels
as W.G. Grace
as Mrs. Wilson
as Garry Sobers
as Mrs. Glickstein
as Head Teacher
as James Bryce
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Wondrous Oblivion is a timeless tale of an 11-year-old South London boy putting aside boyish things. Writer-director Paul Morrison affirms PG-rated life lessons that could appeal to 11-year-olds and their elders alike.
For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance.
You don't have to know anything about the sport of cricket to be charmed by Wondrous Oblivion, a British film that is finally getting a well-deserved theatrical release after opening the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004.
It's a delight to see Delroy Lindo -- perpetually cast as tough cops and tougher crooks -- playing a tender father and decent (if struggling) husband.
The film feels like the Cliffs Notes version of what might have been a much longer and certainly more satisfying story.
It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental.
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I don't know (or care about) the first thing about cricket, but I loved this movie. It was a great story and had a point. It was cute and powerful-I would highly recommend.
A wonderful little movie about a boy who loves cricket. No, it's about Jewish family dynamics. No, it's about racism in Britian after World War 2. Actually, it's about all these things, but mostly it's about the characters and how they grow as human beings. This movie has a sweet, simple, imaginative feel to it, and it deals with some deep issues without making its point too strongly. Some criticisms I've read about this movie are the very things I found to be its strengths, so it really comes down to your preferences. In a way, it reminds me of some of Tim Burton's early movies, though it's more down-to-earth than that director's wild inventions. Like Burton's better movies, it feels a bit like a fairy tale and it has unreal elements to it, but the story is grounded by characters who feel very familiar and real.
The term "Coming of Age" has become somewhat of a cliché, but director Paul Morrison has given audiences such a well-crafted, beautifully-rendered tale, that an obligatory inclusion by this reviewer of the term will be quite forgiven here. Think: Air Raid Araby. It tends to be heavy-handed at times, but the spot-on performances carry the weight splendidly. In this PG-13-rated drama Wondrous Oblivion, a young Jewish boy (Sam Smith III) learns to tackle adversity in post-war 1940s England after his Jamaican neighbors teach him the game of cricket. A cross between Barry Levinson's American fable Avalon and the British hit Billy Elliot, Wondrous Oblivion wears its well-worn adversity theme like a badge...but, because the scenario is wholly original, not to point of being over-bearing. Rather, this import plays out breezily, stumbling only slightly when the story veers off into an unnecessary sub-plot featuring the boy's mother (Woof) and mentor neighbor (Lindo). Should they remain oblivious to this rub, however, moviegoers will enjoy two hours of near-wonderment. Bottom line: Wondrously told.
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