Wondrous Oblivion details
|Starring:||Sam Smith, Stanley Townsend, Emily Woof, Delroy Lindo|
|Run time:||1 hour 41 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Sep 2004|
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What more could you ask for in a movie?By scramblingman from herts , 28 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A gentle comedy that doesn't thrust the race issue down your throat, although the intergration of black Caribbean's into white London is one of the central issues of the movie.
The other issue is CRICKET!! What more could you ask for in a movie? I left the movie wanting to see more of the characters,and you can easily see this as a TV series. Also the music is excellent as well.
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Wondrous!By crispin40 (563 reviews) from Stirling, Scotland , 23 Aug 2005An excellent film with the feel good factor Incorporated into it. Made me laugh, cry and remember. Remember a time when the West Indians came to Britain and the shameful way they were treated by some people. I think people growing up in recent times wouldn't realise the hatred dished out to anyone who was different just after the war. Period setting well realised too. Well worth watching
An unexpected little gemBy Steve from Cambs , 14 Aug 2005This film is simply quite magical.
Its subject matter is really racial hatred in Britain in the early 1960s, but it is done against the background of a Jewish boy being taught to play cricket by an Afro-Caribbean who has moved in next doors.
The charming script is matched by outstanding performances throughout, with Delroy Lindo being topped only be the young, and excellent Sam Smith.
Perhaps most rewarding of all is that there are no cop-outs in this film- the boy doesn't get the girl and win the game. He has to make a choice, which is beautifully handled.
ALMOST A 4-STARBy a customer from Devon, UK , 10 Aug 2005This movie was far, far better than I expected because I hate cricket. I have therefore put off seeing it for a couple of years. In fact it wasn't really about cricket. The game and learning to play it was used as a metaphoric backdrop to the film's examination of outsider/ 'in crowd'/racist dynamics. I felt the complex sociological issues were sensitively explored in the script and excellently portrayed by the actors. The ending detracted from its power by going for sugary feel-good rather than reality and the title further detracted by being pretty meaningless and unmemorable. A cricketing term like 'Out' would have been more punchy. Well worth a watch and three stars - almost a four.
Not bowled over by the title - good job the film has an innings of sorts...By Pete Shuttleworth from Hemel Hempstead , 05 Jul 2005A film about outsiders, a film about the early 60s, a film about growing up - with a hefty slice of stereo-typing thrown in from the outfield. If that's your bag you'll enjoy the film. I liked the adult leads and the young West Indian actors were good. However, I think the film might have scored more boundaries had the young actor in the principle role hit harder. (counted how many cricket references yet?) A worthy film. A film that charted a short time in the history of one London street where a combination of West Indians, Jews and Gentiles lived in the 1960s. It was entertaining and heart warming but what ultimately I didn't like about this film was the proposition that working class racists were thugs and middle class racists just a little unusual. Wondrous Oblivion was, when all is said and done, a bit of a wide ball.
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A lovely filmBy a customer from Kent, England , 01 Jul 2005We sat with our children (aged 5 and 8) to watch this film and they didn't move until it had finished - which is a miracle! It's a lovely film about a young boy in the 1940's who befriends a West Indian family who teach him how to play cricket and in doing so makes enemies of his 'anti-black' neighbours. It's a lovely film, with an educational element - it made my son ask lots of questions. Watch it, it's well worth it.