Jackboots on Whitehall

The gaming society at Reading Uni held a “F**ked up Film Night” tonight, showing “Jackboots on Whitehall”, a great WW2 comedy film made with puppets.

Hordes of famous names provided the voices, such as Ewan McGregor, Richard E. Grant, Timothy Spall (as Churchill), Richard Griffiths (as Goering), Richard O’Brien (as Himmler) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (of Goodness Gracious Me fame). Best voice was provided by Alexander Armstrong for the (admittedly short-lived) character of … an  RAF pilot! Inspired casting.

The puppet animation is fine with good attention to detail, showing you don’t need multi-million-dollar CGI systems to make a decent movie.

Best parts:

  • the uncharted realm of Scot Land
  • the Terminator-style stomping of a skull (and a host of other cultural references)
  • the Polish electrician (and other stereotypes)
  • locking up the King

Definitely a film to pick up on DVD.

The next Film Night, by a voting landslide, should be showing “Hobo with a Shotgun” – A homeless vigilante (Rutger Hauer) blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun. Can’t wait.

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