THE ENGLISHMAN WHO WENT UP A HILL AND CAME DOWN A MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR:                CHRISTOPHER MONGER
ENGLAND 1995
CINEMATOGRAPHY:    VERNON LAYTON
MUSIC:                       STEPHEN ENDELMAN
CAST:                         Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney, Ian McNeice, Ian Hart, Kenneth Griffith
ONE WORD:              Cute story....


Certain films stand out, not because they are great, or well written, or super productions..... they just have a charm that is hard to resist and one gets sucked into it.

This film is one of those. Although slow, rather boring, and not very exciting all the way through, when it gets to the end, one looks back and realizes that it isn't that bad, and that it was kinda fun to sit through. This is not the way we are used to seeing films. We all, generally, like to get dazzled, by artistry, and cleverness, and a good story.

Well, this film has neither. But it has a charm to it, that will keep you wondering what all the fuss is about.

It is a nice story of an Irish little town that does not enjoy the fact that two English chaps who are around doing surveys, measure their little hill a few feet short of being considered a mountain for a map. And this becomes a rallying cry that unites the town, in a way that religion, bar, and family had never been able to do. And they get their little mountain on the map, only to learn that it got washed up, and then get the mountain on the map again, in other words, a story that merits a chuckle.

And while the film has nothing grand as an acting showcase, it does have a few characters that are enjoyable, and the rest are just being themselves. Of special attention, is the aging priest, and his determination, which is fun to stay with. Hugh Grant, has never been any different, that is, for this reviewer, boring. But the rest of the cast is unpredictable, which keeps you on your toes when watching this film.

It isn't a great one, and not specially artistic, or anything, but it is a fun little film to sit through. It is just one of those obtuse little stories that make a little town proud of itself.... gives them an identity, a personality. Their fickle spirit is a little bigger than usual.

Enjoyable.
3 GIBLOONS

 

 

   

      

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