How I Live Now, with Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay & Anna Chancellor. Director, Kevin Macdonald. Love stories really aren’t my cup of coffee, but I found this excellent film to be more than just that. Simply put; it’s a study in perseverance.
Ronan, last reviewed in Hanna, is more than just good as a saucy American girl, sent to stay with her cousins in England. Her transformation in time of necessity, to adulthood, & her hesitantly trusting, love for the young man played by charming MacKay; is pleasing. Almost instructive, after a fashion. No hysteric, this one.
The film is ultimately an English disaster story. A bit of rape & pillage. Thrown in with a horn of plenty filled with things children should never be exposed to. I think it was this aspect of the movie which qualifies its thrills.
Though there are a few background details that left me wanting, it’s a fast walk with no let up. The stage initially being set with total disaster amidst precious moments of innocence & awakening.
I recommend the film. The horror is muted with almost non-graphic violence. Well done & tasteful.