Kevin Macdonald to be one of the more under-rated of current filmmakers. Perhaps, when you have a major success, such as The Last King of Scotland, early-to-midway in your career, critics expect something that "special" to follow consistently. In TrustMovies' estimation, Mr. Macdonald has given us several films just as good as that Idi Amin-inspired bio-flick -- his documentaries Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance, One Day in September, (which won the Best Documentary "Oscar" in 2000) and My Enemy's Enemy -- but these arrived without the fanfare, violence, and an all-stops-out Forest Whitaker "Oscar" performance and so have generally passed by the purview of many of our critical gatekeepers.
HOW I LIVE NOW, directed by Macdonald (shown at right) and adapted from the novel by Meg Rosoff by a quartet of screen-writers. This film came and went in theaters with barely a peep out of anyone. Yet it is a surprisingly rich and thoughtfully imagined look at how World War III might take place in a land such as England. I am guessing that the original novel was a young-adult book (the lead characters are 14 and 15), but while we see things from their perspective, we're also privy to what is happening in a manner that these teens cannot comprehend so easily.
Saoirse Ronan (two photos up; above, center; and below), abetted by two fine young actors George McKay (above, left) and Tom Holland (second from right, above). Ms Ronan plays Daisy, an American girl with a bad attitude sent to live with her Brit relatives for a spell, during which hostilities break out, and she and the oldest male in the family (Mr. McKay) find themselves in charge of the other kids, which includes the youngest, Piper, played by Harley Bird (shown above, right, and below, with Ms Ronan). Anna Chancellor plays, exceptionally well, the British brood's mom, a top government official who is quickly called away to help prevent the hostilities.
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