Book and Film Club

Ratatouille- Reviewed by Ludo, Y7
My movie report is on Ratatouille. I watched it recently and it was amazing. The plot of Ratatouille is about a rat called Remi, who loves to cook and adores food. He looks up to his hero, Gusteau, who is a chef who believes anyone can cook.
Remi lives in a colony of rats, who live on top of an old lady’s house. One day, the ceiling falls through and they all have to evacuate. Remi gets lost and washes up in central Paris, and is surprised to find Gusteau’s restaurant, Gusteau’s. He takes a look in the kitchen, and sees a mediocre chef who ruins a soup by accidentally knocking it over, and then putting in random ingredients. The chef that he is, Remi tries to fix the soup, but is seen by Linguini, (The mediocre chef) and the rest of the chefs.
Linguini teams up with Remi, who lives in his hat and controls his cooking, and come face to face with problems and scenarios.
I would recommend this movie to ages 10 and over, as some bits are quite distressing and complicated.

Lord of the Flies- Reviewed by Nathaniel, Y7
Lord of the Flies was published in 1954 by William Golding. It is set on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean on which a plane carrying a boys’ choir crash lands after being shot down. It has an interesting perspective on how children would act without grown-ups, but it has not got much variety between the characters. The plot is engaging and credible and keeps you reading; however, I would not recommend this book for children in Year 6 and below as it has mature language and Gory descriptions.

Book recommendations from Jon Hind, Director of Development
David Eddings wrote superb fantasy series that were captivating reads. The Belgariad is a classic tale of a stable boy who turns out to be a prince in hiding. The fact that the basic plot is so familiar doesn’t get in the way of the enjoyment; like Tolkien a large part of the joy comes from appreciating the brilliantly conceived world in which you find yourself. The Elenium is a slightly grittier tale of a bachelor knight swept up in the political intrigues of both church and state.

You may have seen the Netflix series Altered Carbon, based on the Takeshi Kovacs series by British novelist, Richard Mogan. By far my favourite of his science fiction thriller novels is not from this series. Market Forces is set in a dystopian 2049 and follows a junior executive working in the Conflict Investment division of his company which supports foreign governments in exchange for a percentage of the country’s gross domestic product. Fuel prices have become so high that only the richest can afford to drive and contracts are awarded, and promotions are given to employees, through driving duels in which combatants race vehicles on empty roads.

Film recommendations from Rachel Bowles, Head of Admissions and External Relations
Pixar’s 2015 Inside Out is a lovely film to watch as a family. It is a comedy-adventure story about a young girl called Riley who moves with her family to a new city and struggles with leaving her old school and friends behind. Unlike other similar tales however, the film plays out in Riley’s mind, and the main characters of the film are each of Riley’s emotions personified. Be warned that in typical Pixar fashion the film is an emotional rollercoaster. Some parts are hilarious and others pull on the heartstrings!

Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika 2016) is an imaginative stop motion animation. Darker elements of the narrative mean it is probably best suited to children aged 9 and above. Kubo is a young boy who lives high in a mountain with his widowed mother. He plays his magical three-stringed guitar in the local village to earn a few coins but his simple life is interrupted when he accidentally stays out after dark in spite of his mother’s insistence that he is in danger. Kubo finds himself on an adventure of a lifetime with a wise and sarcastic talking monkey as his companion. The plot is complex and the animation is beautiful. Regina Spektor’s rendition of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ has also become a favourite in our house.