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Film REVIEW: Belfast (2021) - ★★★★★

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

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Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writer: Kenneth Branagh

Stars: Catriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Morgan, Jude Hill.

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Themes: Belfast, Violence, 1960s

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.



Mylo (Age 13) - ★★★★★

"The film Belfast deals with a difficult subject, it attempts to show the troubles in Ireland through a child's perspective and it does it well. The film is in greyscale which represents the harsh reality of the time they lived it but what is interesting is that when they went to the theatre and the movies there was colour, showing the world that is unreal, the world where you can escape, the world where imagination can be set free. The actors are brilliant, one that stands out is the young boy who plays Buddy in the film, as his focus and interpretation of the role is great, especially as a young child. It is heartfelt and warming, whilst making you think about the insufferable times that the film is based on."

Stewart - ★★★★

"Beautiful looking film from Branagh with a lovely cast recreating a specific time and place - 1969 Belfast amongst the troubles. Branagh sometimes overplays his hand and the film isn't always very subtle with the schmaltz but on the other hand the film is just so likeable. A lot of this stems from the pitch perfect cast including the young Jude Hill carrying the film on his shoulders. Likely to pick up a lot of Oscars and maybe even some Mix Up Movie Awards. The film is a love letter to Branagh's childhood and you can't help but get swept along with it."

Mix Up Rating - ★★★★★

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Best Film

Best Director - Kenneth Branagh

Best Leading Actor - Jude Hill

Best Supporting Actor - Ciaran Hinds

Best Supporting Actress - Judi Dench

Best Young Actor Performance - Jude Hill


Like this? Try these!....

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  2. Hotel Rwanda (2004) - #187 - ★★★★

  3. The King's Speech (2010) - #188 - ★★★★

  4. Lincoln (2012) - #189 - ★★★★

  5. First Man (2018) - #190 - ★★★★

  6. Marie Antoinette (2006) - #406 - ★★★

  7. Testament of Youth (2014) - #407 - ★★★

  8. Cinderella Man (2005) - n/a

If you're in the mood for some more excellent Oscar-nominated true dramas with a quality cast then look no further than Hotel Rwanda, The King's Speech, Lincoln, First Man and Cinderella Man.

Also keep an eye out for Jamie Dornan in Marie Antoinette and Colin Morgan in Testament of Youth. There's more Kenneth Branagh in the latest movie, Oppenheimer.

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