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The History Boys Generally favorable reviews based on 32 Critics. See All. Generally favorable reviews based on 58 Ratings. Please enter your birth date to watch this video:. January February March April May June July August September October November December 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Enter. The History Boys. Summary: The History Boys tells the story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge.
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Critic Reviews. Michael Sragow. In The History Boys, as in all of Bennett's work, irony is what the characters live and breathe - and I mean irony in its truest sense, of using language to present opposite and often sly alternatives to accepted wisdom.
Read full review. Carrie Rickey. Vibrates with exuberance and erudition. Stephen Holden.
Rick Groen. This is a piece engineered to run on the high octane of clever dialogue. It's chatty, it's wordy, but a passion for the well-written word lies at the thematic heart of the thing, and cinematic flourishes would only clog the arteries.
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Purists can rest assured -- there's no clogging. Kirk Honeycutt. If you liked the play and the compelling ideas Bennett kicks around, the movie makes for an intellectually invigorating couple of hours. Stanley Kauffmann. At the last, despite the modern touches in Bennett's screenplay, The History Boys fills the traditional bill. Wellington would probably not be too upset by it. Eventually it tells us that Waterloo is still in pretty good hands. William Arnold.
He suggests that Hector take Irwin instead.
Dakin gladly hands the helmet to him, and the screen fades to white as they drive off, the boys waving happily and laughing. Off-screen, there is a motorcycle accident; Hector is killed and Irwin is injured. Dakin in voiceover says that Irwin had never been on the back of a bike and so may have unbalanced Hector, leading to Hector's death, and that Irwin and he never got a chance to meet that Sunday. The boys sing "Bye Bye Blackbird" at Hector's memorial service and the Headmaster gives a general speech.
Lintott then turns and asks: "Will they come to my funeral, I wonder? The school hall is shown with only the boys sitting and each recounts his life.
Akthar is a headmaster, Crowther a magistrate, Timms a drug-taking dry-cleaning manager, and Dakin a tax lawyer. Lockwood, a junior army officer, was killed by friendly fire at 28 years old. Lintott says they are more journalism. Posner is a teacher and takes the same approach that Hector did, save for the touching. The final shot shows the boys and teachers standing at the field trip lawn, with Hector's voice encouraging them to "pass it on". According to Time ,  the film is better than the original play, as the transformation to film improved the 'flow and intimacy' of the production, while preserving the messages it seeks to convey.
Rolling Stone  notes that some sense of familiarity with the subject of the film is lost in the cutting of nearly an hour from the original play, but the dialogue remains witty and pointed as is the customary style of the author. New York  describes the film as 'brilliant and infectious', and filled with Alan Bennett's customary deadpan humour. The author writes as though he simultaneously envies the extrovert characters he has created, yet is happy to stand apart from them. Hector's classes leap from odd, quixotic, thought-provoking subject to subject, inspiring the boys to adopt Hector's omnivorous approach to learning and to absorb just as much from his rejection of social conformity.
The film is peppered with literary references and encourages engagement with life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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