My Boy Jack (2007)
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When Britain goes to war with Imperial Germany in 1914, young men sign up in droves for the military. John "Jack" Kipling, son of famous writer and British Empire advocate Rudyard Kipling, is anxious to serve in uniform but rejected due to poor eyesight. Overruling the concerns of his wife and daughter, Kipling Senior pulls some strings to get Jack a commission in the Irish Guards. Jack works hard to overcome the challenge of his eyesight, in the process becoming a competent lieutenant and earning the respect of his platoon. All too quickly, Jack ships out for the Western Front, where he goes missing in action in his first mission "over the top" from the trenches at Loos in 1915. The family will spend agonizing months trying to learn his whereabouts. A shell-shocked member of Jack's platoon will finally bring word of Jack's fate.
David Haig is uncanny as Rudyard Kipling, Jack's father, a superbly talented storyteller and novelist, now a government propagandist trying to make sense of hideous casualties. His efforts to enable his son to "do his part" will be a source of immense guilt when Jack goes missing. Kim Cattrell is astonishingly good as Carrie, Jack's American mother. Haunted by the loss of another child, Carrie advocates for a position of less danger for her son, whom she fears will be at additional risk due to his poor eyesight. When Jack goes missing, Carrie is relentless in tracking down clues to his possible fate.Read more ›
Also of interest is that the film was made at the Kipling home - Bateman - which is now owned by the National Trust. Daniel Radcliffe mentioned in an interview that he saw a place where the real John Kipling had carved his initials. The battlefield scenes are well conceived and the actors convey the fear and horror of war perfectly. My Boy Jack is a film I will never forget and deserves to have a wide audience.
I personally feel that is also one of the best performances I have ever seen from Mr. Radcliffe.
I higly recommend this film, not just for the actors who are in it (David,Dan and Kim) but because this is an extremely important story that I think everyone should see.
I also recommend having a big box of kleenax on hand as well, this film will make you cry!
I purchased this because I am a long time fan of Kipling, and the first thing I thought of when I saw this movie in the store was, "Hey, that's the name of a Kipling poem!" I picked it up, read the back of the case, and bought it.
The acting is superb. Daniel Radcliffe, otherwise known for his work in the Harry Potter movies, pulls of this dramatic role powerfully and believably. Haig's performance as the senior Kipling is incredibly moving. First, I was appalled at how he glorified war and the state, and then I felt pity for his loss and heartbreak, but the important thing is that in both cases I FELT it, and I BELIEVED it. This was truly some of the best acting I've seen this year.
The anguish that Jack's parents felt was powerful and moving, and Haig's reciting of the poem at the end of the movie literally gave me goosebumps and, yes I'll admit, brought a few tears to my eyes.
I highly recommend this movie. 4.5 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is a well acted, autobiographical story from Rudyard Kipling. It's about his son, Jack.Published 29 days ago by Mary Ellen Adams
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A shame this didn't come out with all the WW1 centenary films as it's far superior to most of them.
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