Movie Title: This Beautiful Fantastic
Rating: PG, 1 hour 32 minutes
In a Nutshell: Garden metaphors about life and friendship grow as this quirky "modern fairy tale" develops in this limited release.
- “Today I’m going to make a difference.” – Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay)
- Everything that matters takes time.” – Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson)
Things I liked:
- I loved the magical score throughout the film.
- Jessica Brown Findlay does a great job as the odd protagonist who has a Keira Knightly quality about her.
- The Nazi librarian, her signs, and her garden name (Bramble) were hilarious, played by Anna Chancellor.
- Andrew Scott was entertaining as Vernon.
- You’re probably going to want to go outside and work in your garden or create one.
- Luna was lovely.
- I loved the last scene.
- Clever, witty dialogue.
Things I didn’t like:
- So, the title….ummm
- As a landlord, I wasn’t amused by Bella’s lack of interest in taking care of the property she was renting.
- As a former employer, I also wasn’t amused by how Bella was shocked about being fired after showing up late for work every day.
- Pretty predictable.
- “I’m not a religious man, but I believe someone sent her here to test us.” – Alfie
- “Don’t worry, tea is on its way.” – Milly (Eileen Davies) Such a British thing to say.
- “Slavery was abolished in 1834, just so you know.” – Vernon (Andrew Scott)
“This country has been going down the drain ever since.” – Alfie
- “I was just trying to tidy up a bit.” – Bella
“I think that’s what Hitler said about Europe.” – Alfie
- “I’m speechless.” – Bella
“If only that were true.” – Alfie
- “You should doubt only a man who changes his story. I only repeat myself in vague hope that one day somebody will actually hear me.” – Alfie
- “Look! These monkwoods, so beautiful and poisonous they’ll kill a man. That’s an interesting contradiction, isn’t it?” – Alfie
Tips for parents:
- Most kids will be pretty bored.
- Clean language
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