Written on: 12/02/2013
John Thaw plays a good Tom Oakley.
The children's acting is, to be blunt, about as convincing as Flash Gordon (probably why the film focused on Tom and William's relationship). To be fair most children are OK, but Nick Robinson (played William Beech), who just so happened to be the one we see most of, had facial expressions and voice acting which were often amusing because they were so bad. Why they chose him is beyond me. Significant portions of the book were skipped and the whole thing was really condensed and accelerated, and major characters were put on the side line. To be fair, it was a TV film and produced in a short time, so they couldn't put to much in lest the already poor and attention deficient film gets worse.
An alright film if you haven't read the book, but a story of this kind needs to be slower. If you've read the book this will tarnish your memories of it.
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