Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit.
About two different groups of children who encounter one another on a small piece of land in a lake which they both live by. Both groups try to claim the land as theirs and do so role playing as two sets of enemy pirates. Whilst this happens they encounter another boat and a stranger, they must now work together to work out who he is and why he is there, but have they got themselves involved in something much bigger?
Dan Travers, who was the diving and marine supervisor on the film, is the son of Virginia McKenna, who played Mrs Walker in the 1974 film of Swallows and Amazons. See more »
The corned beef tins in the Post Office are clearly labeled 'Pemmican', which is nonsense - Pemmican is something quite different (a greasy Native American concoction). In the book the children call corned beef 'Pemmican' ( and lemonade 'grog') to add to the feeling of having an adventure. See more »
"Better Drowned Than Duffers. If Not Duffers Won't Drown"
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This is a real shame for me. I haven't read the book and went into this blind, but didn't enjoy it all that much. What's saddening about this film is that it's one of those films that gets everything right, from the beautiful cinematography to the amazing directing to the great casting, but with a lacklustre script. Maybe it's true to the source, but it comes off as awkward and fake, with pieces of dialogue not making much sense followed by the previous piece, and characters going from upset to overwhelmingly happy in a split second. It doesn't feel real. This is sad because the script is only one element of a huge project, but a film needs a good script to be great.
Overall, though, I did enjoy it. Not as high as other films released this year, but definitely not one of the worst I've watched. Children probably will enjoy it, as will fans of the novel from what I've read, but I'd recommend something else for others. If you're going for anything, it should be for the beautiful scenes and shots. Love the use of fog.
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