Film Review: The History Boys

29 Oct

Plot: It’s Sheffield, 1983, and eight precocious and lippy sixth form lads from Cutlers Grammar School have returned for one last term to hone their intellects for the Oxford and Cambridge entrance exams. Adapted from Alan Bennett’s award winning play staged at the National Theater in 2004 with the same cast from the stage coming back to reprise their roles in the movie.

This is what BBC Movies has to say:

Part school days nostalgia trip, part gay-themed drama Alan Bennett’s The History Boys won endless awards when it hit The National Theatre. Cut’n’pasted to the big screen – same director, same cast – it’s kept all its probing, comic smarts. Richard Griffiths plays inspired and inspiring English teacher Hector, who clashes with young supply teacher Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) while coaching Sixth Formers for Oxbridge entrance exams. As stuffy tradition meets modern technique, lessons will be learned. – Jamie Russell

I loved this film so much that I had to see it twice and it’s just as much fun. I am still kicking myself having missed it at the National Theater in 2004 but it’s making a comeback to the West End later this year but unfortunately not with the original cast. Samuel Barnett (Posner) and Dominic Cooper (Dakin) are the ones to watch. Posner singing Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered is a hoot.

The History Boys: A+

3 Responses to “Film Review: The History Boys”

  1. Peter November 8, 2006 at 8:38 pm #

    A plus! Is it so good indeed??? It all sounds too British to appeal at audiences overseas, though…

  2. simone November 11, 2006 at 12:08 pm #

    Well I have no doubt that you of all people will love this film.

  3. Rolf - Alan Bennett Fan March 11, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    Peter et all: Yes it’s British, but it’s not too British for us oversea’s guy and gals. Alan Bennett has a fine humor and his is a great writer and narrator. I’ve got a few of the Alan Bennett audiobooks that have been published by BBC, and they are always fun to listen to again and again.

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