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5.0 out of 5 stars Film of the Year, 29 Dec. 2007
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Thanks to my Cineworld season ticket, I see many films in the cinema; one or two a week throughout 2007. My favourites for the year included Zodiac, the latest Harry Potter, The Lives of Others, and Brick Lane. But the best of all - and the best by a long way - was The Flying Scotsman. As others have mentioned, this is a biopic of Graeme Obree and about ordinary people doing great things. I found found myself drawn into the story and began to think (fancifully) about doing great things myself. The acting is great and tremendously realistic, the story is heroic, and yet there is a sensitivity at the film's heart as we follow Obree's obsession. As the film progresses (as is the case with all good biopics), you begin to get a sense that you understand the main character. Just when you feel this, the film ends by zooming into Obree's eyes and we realise just how little we really understand the man. There are many other reasons to watch the film; the drama of the cycling, the anger at the officials who banned his bike, the tenderness of the relationships, and some great feel good moments - but the real draw of this film is the exploration of a man's obsession, the support of his friends, and ultimately the realisation that we can never know what is going on in someone else's head. To me, this is the best British film since Punishment Park. If you only buy one DVD this year, this is the one to buy.
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2008 16:20:43 GMT
Thankyou. Douglas Mackinnon, Director The Flying Scotsman
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