“Belfast” is the best movie by Kenneth Branagh, at last in my book. Golden Globe winner for best screenplay, so well deserved!!!. So far have the movie got 21 international awards.
“it’s not how the story ends … it’s rather the place it begins”
Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” is a love letter to the city in which he was born and raised but it is also so much more; a film about family and about history, both recent and history going back a few hundred years.
He based this film on his childhood experiences growing up in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. a story is seen through the eyes of a child.
Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. At the centre of the action is Buddy, a young boy approaching adolescence. Buddy’s life is filled with family love, playfulness and thriving romance. But as his beloved hometown is hit by growing unrest, his family faces an important choice.
I completely fell in love with the script, it’s funny, it’s deep, turns a somewhat complex concept into a fair enough simple plot by the eyes of a child and what a performance by Jude Hill. He steals the whole attention since the beginning, authentic and emotional performance.
It’s an absolutely gorgeous movie, and easily one of the best films of the year! It’s pure, honest, very human and all-around very wholesome and lovely.
Belfast became my home town in 1999 and only a couple of days before I moved there both the Multi-Party Agreement and British-Irish Agreement as effective on 2 December 1999, but that didn’t mean that we all started to love each other.
For 10 years it embraced me. I never felt threatened, even if I lived only a few blocks from a segregated area where only a road separated catholic and protestant areas, there were problems at times.
I was there when Belfast turned into a hot spot… fantastic restaurants opened up, trendy hotels, bars and nightclubs. I returned to Sweden in 2009 and in 2018 Belfast was one of National Geographic’s top 12 destinations.
Once Belfast was famous for the tobacco industry and shipbuilding, the birth of the Titanic. Today filmmaking is one of Northern Ireland’s main industries. “Game of Thrones” was mostly made in Northern Ireland.
The cast is phenomenal;
• Jude Hill as Buddy
• Caitríona Balfe as “Ma”, Buddy’s mother
• Jamie Dornan as “Pa”, Buddy’s father
• Judi Dench as “Granny”, Buddy’s grandmother
• Ciarán Hinds as “Pop”, Buddy’s grandfather
• Lewis McAskie as Will, Buddy’s older brother
Jude Hill (2010) is a Northern Irish child actor. that started his acting career in 2021.
Caitríona Balfe is an Irish actress, producer, and former fashion model. She is best known for her starring role as Claire Fraser in the historical drama series “Outlander”
James Dornan is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland. Best known as Christian Grey from the “Shade of Grey” – movies.
Dame Judith Dench, I don’t think I was to introduce. What a phenomenal actor!!!!!
Ciarán Hinds is a Belfast born actor, that I know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and First Man (2017).
Lewis McAskie (2005) also a young Belfast actor. Like Jude Hill started his acting career in 2021..
An enjoyable film focusing on a family caught up in the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland. It’s very entertaining thanks to the young star, Jude Hill, who has lots of funny moments due to his childhood innocence.
“Belfast” really is one of those movies that has everything. Maybe not a perfect film, but a darn good one. Easily touches the heart.
Soundtrack / Music by Belfast’s son, Van Morrison
BELFAST, I LOVE YOU … AND MISS YOU!
“All the Irish need to survive is a phone,
a Guinness and the sheet music to “Danny Boy”.
Auntie Violet (Belfast 2021)