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Blu-ray Review: THE AMAZING MR BLUNDEN Will Entertain Children And Adults Alike - Movies In Focus
The thing about children’s films is that they are usually rather bland (and that’s being polite). They’re designed to keep kids happy and this often leaves parents very bored. However, 1972’s The Amazing Mr. Blunden should capture the imagination of kids, but there’s plenty to keep the adults entertained too. In fact fifty years on, this Lionel Jeffries directed family fantasy film will probably captivate grown-ups much more than it will children. And that’s something I don’t have a problem with. Adapted from Antonia Barber’s novel The Ghosts, the film sees solicitor Mr Blunden (Laurence Naismith) offering the destitute war widow Mrs. Allen (Dorothy Alison) and her children Lucy (Lynne Frederick), Jamie (Garry Miller) the opportunity to look after a derelict country home. However, the children get more than they bargained for when they encounter Sara (Rosalyn Landor) and Georgie (Marc Granger), a pair of young ghosts who ask for their help. The Amazing Mr. Blunden works for a number of reasons. The first one is that the film’s young cast all give exceptionally good performances. Normally the weak link in a film like this is the child actors, but they all impress here, selling the fantastical elements and the [...]