Swallows and Amazons was released in the UK August, 2016 and in the USA in May,2017. The story is set in 1935 in the Lakes District of England. A mother and her five children move to the country side while their father is working in Hong Kong. Four of the children (the youngest is just an infant) are given permission to use a boat in order to explore an island. Thinking that the island is deserted, they set up camp. The next morning, the adventure really begins when they discover that they are not alone.
There is also a story line involving a suspicious looking man who the children first meet on the train to the country side. It seems that the man is being followed. The main story line, however, revolves mainly around the children, John, Susan, Tatty and Roger. I thought that all of the child actors were very good, but I have to give kudos to Billy McCulloch who played the youngest boy, Roger. I found him to be very endearing in his portrayal and that by the end of the movie I felt very protective of him. As for the adult actors, Rafe Spall as Captain Flynn (the children’s name for him) portrayed his character with a great deal of grumpiness and mystery.
The area in which the film was shot gave a great deal of calmness and charm. Considering that the action takes place before World War II, England itself is presented as an idyllic place to live but this can be shattered due to an occasional storm. The actors did an excellent job all around. The story line is well done and sure to keep both children and adults involved. The pacing of the story was very good. I can’t recall one scene that seemed to drag on.
I would watch this again and would even consider buying it. If you do buy it, I discovered that there is also a version made in 1974 so make sure you get the newer one since I can’t comment on the 1974 version. I haven’t seen the earlier version. I would give this movie 5 stars out of 5 due to the adventure theme and the good acting.