WILLIAM KELLY’S WAR (Cannes Film Festival Cannes France 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

William Kelly’s War—good World War I story, plagued with weak acting—comes off as a school project rather than a film one would pay to view. Ben Meyers would like to see what Director Geoff Davis can do with a larger budget and better stage settings.

Storyline

Two Australian boys and their cousin are conscripted into World War I service.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Geoff Davis for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Grant Bradley and James M. Vernon for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Kath (Maureen Alford), Peter Burns (Peter Berzanskis), Townswoman (Marie-Therese Bjornerud), Jim Kennett (John Black), Mr. Kelly (Tony Bonner), Mrs. Marjorie Kelly (Helen Davis), Billy Kelly (Josh Davis), Jack (Mathew Davis), Ned Kennett (Tom Farrah), Paddy (Lachlan Hume), Major Jones (George Ivanoff), Military Police Chaplain (Dave Kenyon), Will Kennett (Dean Kirkright), ANZAC Prisoner (Andrew Knight), Cec Kennett (Troy Larkin), and Constable Jones (James Mason).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. A strong lesson that revolves around courage and how war impacts families can be found in this film; but for entertainment value War Horse provides a professional presentation that will not be found in this film.

Ben Meyers

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