Tom Brown's Schooldays  [DVD] 
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Adaptation of the much loved novel. Tom Brown (Alex Pettyfer) begins his first term at Rugby School for Boys and has to contend with the school's harsh discipline and accepted bullying from the older boys, the cruellest being Flashman (Joseph Beattie).
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It falls at many hurdles, not the least of which are: the horrible machete-job done to the plot; the distortion of key characters; the PC'isation done, presumably, to not offend anyone (seemingly a capital offence these days); and some woeful acting from the supporting cast, in particular, the actor who plays East - who to me, seems about as capable of delivering his lines convincingly as a six year old in a Nativity play. He also seems to be younger than Tom, which is totally at odds with the book.
1/ Tom is now something of a boorish oaf, who borders on open rebellion against the Doctor Arnold's new ways, which is a departure from the book. Tom was always a good lad in the book, if somewhat prone to being rather inconsiderate and laddish, to use a modern term.
2/ Why in the name of Thomas Hughes's grave-bound spinning remains, does George Arthur die? It didn't happen in the book and it doesn't serve any purpose other than to make all the female viewers go "aaahhhhhh" at Tom's tears.
The manner in which he dies also means Flashman has effectively committed manslaughter, which in my view is totally inappropriate.
To have his funeral as the last scene in the film ends the entire thing on a massive downer and is something for which the chief writer deserves to be sent to the Tower for (the Tower of London, not the Birching Tower at Rugby, or to give it the ridiculous name this film does, the "Caning Tower").
3/ Some seriously flaccid script writing. Tom says things sometimes that, if included at all, would be the viewpoint of a 40 year old Old Rugbeian, not a 13 year old boy.Read more ›
Only major down point is that it had no subtitles for deaf people like me.