Fifth about The Seventh

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain: Christopher Monger’s film is equal parts charming, silly, and farcical; its charm comes mostly from its quaint location and the good-natured approach to its local inhabitants; the silliness and face, from the local’s quest. The story is slight, and the romantic aspects of the comedy are not particularly developed, but the whole is a pleasurable, feel-good experience. Another part of the charm comes from the cast: Hugh Grant is at his best as he stammers apologetically most lines of dialogues, as he is here; Tara Fitzgerald’s character is a bit out of place, but it’s not her fault, as she is rather charming; Kenneth Griffith is a riot as the reverend behind the quest. Director of photography Vernon Layton captures the village and its lovely surroundings very effectively; Janty Yates’ costume design is on-point; composer Stephen Endelman’s musical score adds a lot to the charm.

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