Summerland (2020)

“Bad news is bad news no matter how you tell it. There’s nothing makes it easier.” – Mr. Sullivan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – During the beginning of World War II, a young boy evacuated from London is sent to live with a crusty spinster who reluctantly takes him in for a week while authorities seek another place for him to live

My Take on it – This is a film that I completely missed on my radar and was only alerted to it by my good friend Darren of Movie Reviews 101 who listed it as one of his favorite films of 2020.

This is definitely a film with an intriguing premise that is able to work on multiple levels.

The movie is able to create a strong bond between two very diverse characters and allows that bond to become more steady on a gradual basis which adds so much to the realism of it all.

The cats is great and Gemma Arterton does a really good job in the lead role.

Her chemistry with both Lucas Bond and with Gugu Mbatha-Raw is quite plausible and helps make us believe things so much more because it is more powerful this way.

The plot is filled with some fun scenes along with some very heartfelt ones and they blend things together so well here.

The story is also able to make us feel the various kinds of stigmas and fears that were quite rampant at those times especially when it came to single women.

Loved seeing Tom Courtney in an important supporting role.

Bottom Line – Intriguing film that is able to work on numerous levels. The bonding between the two characters is done on a gradual basis which adds more to the realism of things. The cast does a nice job here and Arterton has wonderful back and forth chemistry with the young Bond. She also is great in all of her scenes with Mbatha-Raw. The story has its heartfelt moments with work well in helping establish some of the stigmas and fears of the time really well. Courtney is great in a important supporting role. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alice (Gemma Arterton) pronounces the town name “Youghal” as “YOW-all” (i.e. YOW rhyming with COW). Youghal is actually pronounced just like “y’all”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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