Based on the autobiography by Frank McCourt, this drama tells the story of Frank's life as a child growing up in Limerick in the 1930s.
Because Frank McCourt's bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's
Ashes was dearly embraced by millions of readers, it was perhaps inevitable
that Alan Parker's film version would prove somewhat disappointing. McCourt's
book is blessed with subtleties of language and detailed observation that
do not easily lend themselves to screen interpretation, and Parker's film
suffers from an overly literal, reverently sombre approach that lacks
the cumulative emotions of McCourt's account of impoverished youth in
Ireland. And where McCourt was able to enliven his family's suffering
with tenacious humour and fighting Irish spirit, Parker's film provides
precious little uplift in the course of 145 minutes.
English plus subtitles in English