Sunday, 4 September 2011
The History Boys Review
While the premise for the film is very good, the delivery of the story is not. Billed as a comedy, there is actually very little humour to be had. It also never decides who the protagonist is. Is it the group of boys? One boy in particular? Hector the teacher? The examples can go on. Just when it looks like there is going to be a plot that develops, it derails and goes in a completely different direction. So, for most of the two hours, I found myself confused and uninterested. It also doesn't help that I cannot see Richard Griffiths on screen without picturing him as Duncan from King Ralph. So, just when it seems to tie everything together and wrap up, they throw a couple of twists at the end that are just completely unnecessary. While sort of relevant, they don't seem to fit at all with the overall theme of the story and just confound the viewer even more.
Don't see it. It always seems to be on the precipice of being good and then falls short.