It Must Be Said
by Lee Prior
Though it pains me to say it, I feel that I just have to warn anyone who was tempted by the new 'Four Feathers' film. Don't even consider it.
Anyone with even the slightest interest in our glorious colonial history: You must avoid this atrocious rubbish at all costs. It was the worst version of the story that I've ever had the misfortune to sit through. I'm afraid to say that absolutely no resemblance to the classic tale will be found.
Gone are the good old North Surreys. Now we have the 'Royal Cumberland Fusiliers' (sounds like a string of pork sausages, doesn't it!) dressed in bright red tunics instead of khaki. That is about as close as the film gets to the original story. The hero, by the way, is a big black slave, who the mean old British whip at every available opportunity.
I was at the opening night of this film while I was in America last October. Other than myself and Stella, there was only one person there. Stirring battle scenes were non-existent, but John was right about the anti-English viewpoint. I don't want to say too much about particular events, in case any masochistic types want to see it. However, I feel I must mention the painfully ridiculous moment when the British Square was wiped out by a few heroic Dervish, as they turned up dressed in bright red coats, pretending to be the British cavalry. The square opened to let them in, accompanied by shouts of 'he's behind you' but I suppose there weren't enough of us there for them to hear us.
Another one to miss is the new musketeers film. Yet another scriptwriter has clearly lost the plot, assuming they ever had it in the first place.
Is this another one like