Review - Film - Hepburn classic is a gem

14th January 2011 at 00:00

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Director: Blake Edwards

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal

Out now on DVD

Cert: U

Rating: 55

This 1960s adaption of the book by Truman Capote is without a doubt my favourite film and my favourite peformance by Audrey Hepburn. I love it.

The sophisticated yet scatty, elegant yet endearing Holly Golightly could have been a cliched caricature, but Hepburn's portrayal is far from this.

The vulnerability, warmth and sensitivity of Holly's character makes her so loveable, and yet you want to shake her as she sidesteps the amorous advances of the smouldering Paul Varjak (who is equally easy on the eye).

This is the perfect film for any romantic such as myself, showing New York in its best light and giving us a satirical insight into high society. I dare you not to swoon during the final scene.

Jessica Farrugia Sharples, 17, Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Director: Mark Herman

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis

Cert: 12

Out now on DVD

Rating: 55

Have you ever been told of the Holocaust and how horrible it was? For example, in a religious studies lesson? And you feel sorry for the unfortunate Jewish and other non-pleasing-Hitler people who suffered, but you just aren't really into the lesson and you want to get out of the room?

This movie will change it all for you. You feel like you are witnessing the horror of the Holocaust and you connect with the characters.

It's based on a young boy, Bruno, who, after moving house, somehow becomes friends with a Jewish boy called Shmuel. They have a very strange, up-and-down relationship. The movie shows how young children grow up and are educated during the Holocaust.

Bruno's older sister Gretel grows up extremely quickly, moving from carrying dolls all the time to sticking up pro-Hitler posters. Most of this influence has come from a man who helps Bruno's family at the place they are staying - Gretel wants to impress this young man.

The ending is very moving and will leave you staring at the screen long after the credits have gone. I recommend this to people who enjoy watching history replay in front of their eyes.

Egle Mataciunaite, 15, Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney, London

The General

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton

Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack

Out now on DVD

Cert: U

Rating: 55

Amazing. Hilarious. Brilliant. In three words, I have managed to sum up this film. Actually wait a second, I've forgotten the most important one. Creative. So, so creative. Add to that the fact that all the stunts in this film were performed by the actors and you can see why many people worship Buster Keaton, a director and creator doing all his own stunts. As an actor, he is amazing, but his film dwarfs him in its brilliance.

To be honest, I talk during films. Only quietly, but I do. But I hardly talked at all in this film. I can't believe it is almost 90 years old. It is a better film than many of today's blockbusters, and I definitely enjoyed it more than many. It is rare that such an old film is so fantastic, but this one definitely is.

James Neeson, 12, St Joseph's RC Middle School, Hexham, Northumberland

The Garbage Pail Kids

Director: Rod Amateau

Starring: Phil Fondacaro, Anthony Newley, Mackenzie Astin

Out now on DVD

Cert: PG

Rating: 45

The Garbage Pail Kids couldn't be any grosser. With names like Messie Tessie, Valerie Vomit, Windy Winston, Foul Phil and Nat Nerd, it's no surprise that their habits are so disgusting. I'm not sure I would be able to write them down; let's just say they involve boogies and bad wind.

The design team's costumes and masks are brilliant and bring out the character's grossness. However, they are a clever lot too; especially when they get the better of the bad guys by putting boiling water in their bath.

I thought that Tangerine, played by Katie Barberi, was a traitor. She told Dodger (Mackenzie Astin) that she wouldn't tell anybody about the Garbage Pail Kids and she crossed her heart, but she still told her friends anyway.

I think the film could do with some suspense to make it more exciting, nevertheless it was great. I would be happy to see more films like this in the future.

Junaiyat Chowdhury, nine, Wyvil Primary School, Vauxhall, London.

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