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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative storytelling from Lord Attenborough, 14 April 2008
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This review is from: Closing The Ring [DVD] (DVD)
This film got an awful lot of stick from the critics, and I genuinely can't see why. It boasts class names from both sides of the pond and has an undeniable emotional pull.

There has been criticism of a 'contrived' ending, but the whole tug of the narrative is actually based on real events, so why bleat on about that? Besides, what do we go to the cinema for, if not to be transported elsewhere?

I loved it at the cinema, and hope to on DVD - I'm looking forward to whatever the extras will be. The 'breakdown' scenes of Christopher Plummer and Pete Postlethwaite are worth the entrance fee alone - but there's much more to recommend here. A plot set in two time zones (featuring the same characters 50 years apart) keeps you on your toes as the story slowly, carefully, delicately unfolds.

Does that sound dull? It's not, it's elegiac and measured - and yet, in places, surprisingly sparky and funny, too. Shirley MacLaine is on dazzling form as she delivers a multi-layered and subtle performance. And Brenda Fricker and newcomer Martin McCann (look up the word 'zesty' in the dictionary, and you'll find his Equity headshot) create some beautifully judged comedy moments.

Let's be clear about this - 'The Matrix' it ain't (though, without giving the game away, there is peril and guns and bombs to be located at just the right moments) - it's a lovingly-told story, and it's all in the telling of it. At turns moving, uplifting, frustrating, unbelievable, fun, harrowing - just like life, really!

Oh, and lest I forget, I am bound to say there is a killer song on the end credits: "Lost Without Your Love" sung by Amy Pearson: stunning - it's a real 'My Heart Will Go On' moment. Had me reaching for a hanky!

So, in re-appraisal, this is a film that deserves more consideration, and more attention - not least because you will only truly appreciate it upon multiple viewings once all the secrets have been revealed, so a DVD purchase seems nigh-on essential.

I hope Richard Attenborough continues to make this sort of film, and that the critics grow some hearts.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2010, 07:43:58 BST
I think people are far more interested in what the film is about !! after all how do you chose a movie ? not ( for me ignorant as I am ) by reading this review !!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2011, 09:38:15 BST
C. Porter says:
The synopsis of dvds is included in the product description as a rule. That's why my review is an appraisal of the film, rather than re-telling its plot. And if you give away the story in a review, any sense of mystery and magic in watching the film is removed. Just my opinion, but thanks for taking the time to comment :)
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