Wot wot, old top! Blimey, ‘tis time for another spot of the old “I Keep Meaning to Watch That,” dontcherknow. Now, everyone join in for a rousing chorus of “God Save the Queen,” there’s good chaps!
Right, I’ll stop now. I don’t even know why I did that. Bit silly, really. It’s not like this movie was made by an English fellow. No. It’s made by the very American Mr. Steven Spielberg and it was my choice this week. Why? Because while I’ve seen quite a few of Spielberg’s motion picture talkies, I’d never seen this one and dadgummit, I wanted to. So we did. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by J.G. Ballard, it stars a 12-year-old Batman. Sorry, I mean a 12-year-old Christian Bale, as well as a fully-grown John Malkovich and an equally adult Miranda Richardson and tells the story of a young upper-class English boy who has been growing up in Shanghai during the prelude to WWII and suddenly finds his world turned upside down when the Japanese invade China. The boy is sent to a Japanese internment camp where he has to grow up fast and learn an entirely new way the world works. Is this one of Mr. Spielberg’s better efforts? Buy us a pint, guv, and we’ll suss it right out . . . OW! Ok, ok, sorry Mike, I’ll stop.