Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Siân Phillips, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay
Summary: Summerland is a movie in which a myth investigator was writing about that there is no magic in this world. She was very lonely and hunted by her past. When a young evacuee named Frank came into her care, the sweet heart and open mind of Frank changed the perception of Alice about emotions. She accepted her past and started living her life without caring about the narrow-minded society in which she lived. And she started believing in magic.
Director: Jessica Swale
Genre(s): Drama, War
Runtime: 99 minutes
What’s the story?
Summerland is a movie in which a myth investigator was writing about that there is no magic in this world. She was very lonely and hunted by her past. When a young evacuee named Frank came into her care, the sweet heart and open mind of Frank changed the perception of Alice about emotions. She accepted her past and started living her life without caring about the narrow-minded society in which she lived. And she started believing in magic.
The director and writer of this movie is Jessica Swale. This is her first movie as a director. This movie was set to release in only England but IFC films of the USA acquired the rights of this movie to release it in the USA also. The cast of this movie includes Gemma Arterton, Penelope Wilton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, and Lucas Bond.
Summerland is a movie about women empowerment. It is a movie having some drama during World War II. This is a story about a young woman getting attached to an evacuee during World War II. She started revisiting her past when talked with the evacuee. The name of that woman in the movie is Alice. She never liked to talk with people nor liked the company of anyone. She believed in her scientific background and believed that science has answers to everything in life. She never expressed her feelings to another person. But everything changed in her life when she has given the task of taking care of young evacuee during World War II.
The name of that young evacuee was Frank in this movie and he was a frightened young boy looking shelter during the war. In the movie, the generosity and open mind of the young frank made Alice sharing her dark secrets of the past. In the sunny days of Sussex (City of England) Alice shared all her emotions with frank. And over time Alice realized what imagination means. Frank changed her perception of the World and imagination about people. The past of Alice made her the type of woman that she was but when young Frank arrives at her home she realized that she had to take care of her. But Frank made her stone heart melt and forced her to see the happiness of life. The core of the movie is the love story between two women Alice and Vera.
Before Frank arrived at Alice’s home, Alice was working on the project to prove the world that there nothing like magic. Science is everything and magic is just a lie. She was a brave independent myths investigator. She was always getting hunt by her past of loving a woman. The hunting of the past made her very lonely in life. But after meeting young Frank her perception changed about the world. She starting feeling emotions for others again. Before meeting Frank she though that the wounds of the past cannot be and second chances in life are just a myth. But after meeting Frank she realized that wounds of the past can heal no matter how deep they are and second chances do occur in life.
Frank made her realized that there is nothing wrong with loving a woman and spending life. This all made her realized that magic maybe does exist in the world.
Is it any good?
Summerland is a movie filled with drama and emotions. In the movie, Summerland is a place that we can call heaven. In the trailer, Alice asks Frank where people go when they died before Christianity. Heaven was discovered after Christianity.
People before Christianity go to the Summerland. It is a place that exists other than our place. This movie is heart touching. We all have something to remember about the summer holidays in which we enjoy. In this movie, there are scenes of young frank enjoying summer which can make people remember their childhood summer memories. The location used in the movie for shooting are really beautiful and sets perfect with the scenes. This movie also has many good messages like open-mindedness, honesty, Love, and acceptance.
The cast of this did a very good at acting. Alice played by Gemma Arterton did a very good job of acting. The character of the young evacuee boy fits perfectly on Lucas Bond (Frank). Gugu Mbatha-Raw an English actress also did a very good job. The acting in this movie made the movie very entertaining to watch. The story of the movie is also unique and heart touching. Jessica Swale is the director and writer of this movie. She has won Olivier Award from her theater directing talent and this movie is her cinema debut. She worked with the heart on directing this movie. This movie is about giving people hope of positive in the future. Don’t get lost in the wounds of the past but always hope for a better future.
Also, make your imagination positive. And don’t ever give up on yourself. This movie also shows that there is magic in this world. People should never get lost in the dark but always find a way to see the light. Alice in the movie found light in the darkness by accepting the past and moving towards a better future. She as a woman accepted her love for another woman against all the complexity of society in which she lived. This movie has a good women empowerment message. If you like drama and emotions then this is a perfect movie to watch.
Summerland is a movie with the theme of Spirituality, Faith, Women Empowerment, belief, and loss. The Summerland in the movie is a concept in which people go after they die. It is compared with heaven. The director of the movie is Jessica Swale who is a famous theater director of England. This is her first movie as a director.
This movie gives many lessons of life i.e. follow the positivity, don’t get disappointed by the past, always hope for the best in the future. In the movie, the thinking of Alice also got changed about magic. She later believes that magic is a thing that is present in this world. The core of the movie is the love story of two girls (Alice and Vera). This is a movie with many emotions. And the relationship buildup between Frank and Alice is very interesting.
This is a movie that shows how a young and good heart can change the perception of a person who hates talking with people are sharing her emotions.