Hope and Glory

Director: John Boorman
Year Released: 1987
Rating: 2.0

Boorman's autobiographical film, based on his personal experiences during World War II with his mother and sister suffers from the lack of a pulse, a flaw that it certainly shouldn't have. It's cold and basically indifferent for the most part, and the characters don't really seem to have much depth to them. When a girl loses her mother, everyone's attitude is less one of concern than that of fleeting curiosity, and things are sped ahead as expected. I understand it's supposed to represent Boorman's own memories, and has a choppy, non-continuous feel to it, but I seemed to care little and quickly grew impatient - there isn't much of a build-up to anything, and the final impact is minimal.