HOPE AND GLORY REVIEWED
“Hope and Glory” was my first John Boorman movie. Yeah, I was a pretty lackadaisical HBO watcher as a child. To the outside viewer, it’s a just World War II movie about a 10 year old boy dealing with change during the Blitz. The deeper dive reveals that it’s a coming-of-age tale with World War II happening as a backdrop. Teen girls are trying to become women, little boys learn how to swear and mothers just try to keep it all together.
Family movies during wartime get painted with two brushes. A filmmaker tries to show some sort of untold truth about war or the film becomes a memory piece. As the world ages past World War II, the amount of memory pieces are starting to dry up. Still, it’s hard to see this movie being about anything other than Boorman making sense of his youth. When you live through war, it feels pressing to make people understand your past.
It’s just what Boorman chooses to show highlights how he remembers his childhood. Violence happened around him, but he always felt like a spectator. Ian Bannen deserved an Oscar nomination for playing the Grandfather. Great stuff all around.
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
RELEASE DATE: 4/24/18
- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 92%92%
- Film Score - 95%95%
The Plot Thus Far
British writer/director John Boorman (The Emerald Forest) draws us into an astonishing and exhilarating portrait of his own childhood, set against the terrors of a London torn apart by the onset of WWII. Seven-year-old Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice Edwards) finds his childhood to be atime of great dangerand even greater discovery. From thunderous bombings at his own doorstep andthe constant threat of Luftwaffe air raids to the landing of a German paratrooper in his neighborhood and the joyous obliteration of his much-hated school, Billy’s young life is shapedand even enrichedby the one positive thing war has brought him: liberation from the ordinary. And though Billy is surrounded by decimation and the smoking remnants of ruined lives, his sense of enchanted wonderment and innocence in the face of man’s most destructive folly affect him in a way that alters his life forever.