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Moonfleet 2014

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Written by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), this two-part adaptation of the much-loved John Meade Falkner novel is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet. In the story, young John Trenchard (Aneurin Barnard - The White Queen) is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Ray Winstone - The Departed, Hugo). Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship, and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset, to the jewellery quarter of The Hague, and on to a gripping, final sea voyage. Sophie Cookson joins the cast as John's first love, Grace, who is also the daughter of Moonfleet's anti-smuggling magistrate, Mohune, played by Ben Chaplin (Mad Dogs, Dorian Gray). Omid Djalili (Gladiator) appears as a diamond merchant, Aldobrand, and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as the Turnkey.

Starring:
Phil Daniels, Lorcan Cranitch
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Phil Daniels, Lorcan Cranitch, Aneurin Barnard, Frank O'Sullivan, Ray Winstone, Ben Chaplin, Sophie Cookson, Fionn Walton, Anthony Ofoegbu
Director Andy de Emmony
Studio IMC Vision
Rental release 7 April 2014
Main languages English

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Adaptations of books onto the big screen always tend to disappoint, but not in this case. Having recently read Moonfleet a few months ago, I found that this version is pretty much faithfully to the book. Anuerin Barnard was a bit weak, but Ray Winstone as Elziver Block was a delight to watch. Overall an enjoyable 90 minutes.
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Moonfleet was a good, not great, but good, Sky1 mini series. It's very similar to another recent Sky1 mini series, Treasure Island. The acting was good and the story was exciting. Worth watching.
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So-so DVD. I'm not usually moved to remark on poor discs but really feel the need to do so on this hunka ham.
The original script was probably good but the resultant production not quite so - this is a potentially good adventure yarn for adults or kiddies.
Winstone however mumbles all the way through this as if bored with the whole proceedings and the 'regional' accents are laughable. The sound is also muffled and there are NO subtitles to help out. WHY? Not even any extras on the disc - nothing at all ! Talk about cheap ! Thank goodness it was on Lovefilm. Would otherwise have felt I was ripped off.
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I had greatly enjoyed Treasure Island from Sky and had similar high hopes of this, but it isn't in the same league. The story is told passably enough but none of the characters particularly engaged me, nor was the action particularly exciting. As far as I remember the book it was a reasonably faithful adaptation. So it passes the time, but isn't one of the greats.
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I eventually lost count of how many times I read Moonfleet as a child. Therefore I was really looking forward to seeing this adaptation. However, I found the first half rather long-winded, leaving the second half rather rushed. For me it just lacked the excitement and momentum that the book always had.
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well written well acted well produced most very good but seems lot of story not on screen/explained e.g how did heroine get back home to be reunited with hero spoilt film for me
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This was one of my favourite books when I was a lad and this adaptation is a travesty. Whoever is responsible have taken a classic, re-written beyond all recognition and turned it into a soap with cardboard characters and appalling dialogue; and I have seen better acting in school nativity plays. Absolute rubbish.
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I enjoyed the DVD as much as I did the book. There were some slight differences in the storyline of the film, from the story in the book, but I still found the DVD very enjoyable. The film was well made and the actors were very well suited to the characters they played. Ray Winstone with his character, Elzevir Block, I feel stole the show. My wife watched it with me to see what the story was about as I'd mentioned it quite a few times over the years. She enjoyed it and said the actors were well chosen for the parts they played, it took you there, into the film, you could imagine you were a part of it.
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