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Belfast

I didn’t love it but I liked it a fair bit. You’d have to have a pretty hard heart not to be touched in some way by something in this film. It basically takes a family that’s in a number of really bad situations, and gives you a snapshot of how each of the individuals are trying to distract themselves, and on that level I found it really relatable. You get to know three generations, and they all have their own quirks that only they could have, and a lot of it reminded me of quirks in my own family growing up. 

You could probably accuse it of being a bit of a light touch on the troubles in Northern Ireland, and at some points sentimental to a fault. That said, I don’t think every film about that period of history has to be hard-hitting and depressive. I suppose the other side of that point is that when things like that are going on, humans tend to find a way of cheering themselves up and taking their minds off of it all, and that’s all this film ever really tries to show. On that level, it’s a big success. 

My only gripes were fairly small things – the editing felt a little weird, I didn’t get the reasoning behind the choice to go black & white, and Judi Dench occasionally slips into a Cornish accent. It started off a little corny, and at points the dialogue could be a bit cringeworthy, but it never really takes away from the complete picture being very good. I’m actually really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

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