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BELFAST - Kenneth Branagh



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,037 ✭✭✭Harryd225

    I think it would have been far more interesting if the film was about a nationalist family seeing as though the film centres on Catholics being driven from their homes around that time but then again the film was about Kenneth and his personal experience growing up in Belfast.

    I still found it to be a good film nonetheless, nothing special but decent enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,252 ✭✭✭Wrongway1985

    I liked it, sure it's nothing ground breaking but the troubles are just a background to the picture they are ongoing at the time but the young fella is oblivious. Balfe performance was standout so given the films appeal very unlucky to not add an Academy Award nomination to her recognition elsewhere.

    I heard Dornan sang Everlasting Love at some event or is that hearsay? If he was so able why the obvious mime in the film, missed opp.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 5,688 Mod ✭✭✭✭HildaOgdenx

    Saw it this week. Really enjoyed it.

    I adored Buddy, and the grandad, in particular.

  • Registered Users Posts: 31,951 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 33,582 CMod ✭✭✭✭pixelburp

    It was said by someone else but I think the story would have worked better were the main family Catholic. I think Branagh's closeness to the story, being vaguely adapted from his own life, got in the way of the more obvious, dramatically interesting version of the tale. Being a Catholic family would have made The Troubles more immediate, dangerous; the shielding of Buddy from those horrors more poignant. Instead, it all felt inert for being a choice to leave.

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  • Caitriona Balfe looks lovely.

  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭mary 2021

    It was a self indulgent piece on Belfast by Kenneth Brannagh and its a nice film, easy watch easy forget but good to see belfast getting some very positive attention, long over due.

  • Registered Users Posts: 272 ✭✭mary 2021

  • Registered Users Posts: 374 ✭✭Useless Lump

  • Irish Rose. Sigh.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,126 ✭✭✭Ridley

    An anecdote stretched to two hours, eye em oh.

    Give me the film where they move to Toronto.

  • Administrators Posts: 52,643 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec

    Good, but not great IMO. Pretty forgettable. Ciaran Hinds was the best character, he really nailed the stereotype of a grandfather.

    Billy Clanton was a fairly toothless antagonist and oddly written IMO. His "ending" was very clichéd and bizarre.