Gamma Macintosh's grand estate in the Scottish Highlands is the idyllic home of spunky Fraser Pettigrew, his eccentric, sphagnum moss-loving father, beautiful mother, and all his brothers and sisters. When Fraser is ten, his uncle brings his young fiancé to the meet the family; Fraser loses some of his innocence and the family dynamics begin to change.
Based on the childhood of a British media mogul and seen through his young eyes, "My Life" is a very gentle, very real slice-of-life story. Though nothing terribly unusual or exciting happens, we see a real family interacting in a genteel time and place that makes for a very sweet story. Fraser (Robert Norman) is a genuine kid; he wants to know everything at once, often says the wrong thing, and keeps secrets (or so he thinks). Gorgeous Colin Firth gives a winning performance as Fraser's absent-minded but loving father who succumbs to temptation. He's truly a remarkable actor and can convey wonderful emotions with just his eyes. Rosemary Harris ("Aunt May" in Spider-Man [2002
]) is the wise old matriarch who rules the family and is the perfect grandma.
I liked the way the characters' dialogue often overlapped each other and at other times seemed mumbled - just like real people speak. There's an utterly genuine feel to the story that just unfolds, simply, and at times uneventfully, and yet we know these times will certainly be treasured when the boy grows up. To call this movie "charming" would be an understatement. If you like quiet, family-oriented stories, you'll enjoy "My Life So Far."