Belfast

Belfast ★★★

Film people, the people who are suppose to love movies more than 20 years old, keep saying Kenneth Branagh's Belfast is his Roma as though John Boorman's Hope and Glory didn't exist. Yes it's in black-and-white and it has some violent protests in the streets, but mostly, this is a childhood lark opposite the adult instigators of traumas. It's equally visually arresting (camera angles) and visually embarrassing (every moment in color; the “magic of cinema” playing extra hard to Oscar voters) and that give-and-take applies to the story, too. But no doubt, it's heartfelt. (Yes, Branagh inserts a Thor comic book moment.)

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