This film is a sequel to John Boorman’s Hope and Glory of 1987 that was nominated for five Oscars. Nearly ten years have gone by, Bill is now 18 and he starts two years of compulsory basic military training in the early 1950’s. Bill and Percy become friends and share a room together. They spend most of their time getting into trouble and battling with Sgt. Major Bradley. It is possible they could be sent to Korea but while they wait, they constantly test ‘by-the-rule’ Bradley. Their superiors begin to feel infinitely put-upon by the stories of their diversions, shenanigans and girl chasing.
I have not seen the prequel, Hope and Glory but I wasn’t expecting the story line of this film. I didn’t think it was very funny, it’s very repetitious and two male characters don’t endear themselves because of their constant silly behavior. I thought it was more about the relationships between the soldiers and their wives/girlfriends. Some scenes are included with girlfriends but the relationships are minor plots. Apparently, both films are autobiographical about John Boorman’s youth. Rating numbers probably are based on the point of view of the viewers and overall situation portrayed. 2* (I didn’t like this movie)
114 min, Drama directed by John Boorman with Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Vanessa Kirby, Tamsin Egerton, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Miriam Rizea, Sinead Cusack.
Note: Imdb 6.3 out of 10, 79% critic 45% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 3.1* out of 5* with 65 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in England and Romania. This film was shot in seven weeks, one week in London, UK and six weeks in Romania. Hope and Glory has 7.4* out of 10 on Imdb.