A true story; this moving but entertaining drama set in World War 1 carries the strongest possible anti-war message. Driven by his high-profile father (David Hague) after Britain declares war on Germany in 1914: a scrawny and myopic teenager (Daniel Radcliffe) is pushed through his medical to become an officer in the Irish Guards - an infantry regiment - and sent to France. Oh yes, and I almost forgot: the boy’s surname is...Kipling!
After he is reported missing in action: Rudyard Kipling, his wife Caroline (Kim Cattrall) and his daughter Elsie (Carey Mulligan) – often called “Bert” – set about investigating what happened to him.
Made for TV and well-photographed by an independent Irish unit, this film is worth seeing for the clarity of diction alone! Every word of every line comes across with such precision that you know you’re not watching a Marlon Brando picture! David Craig not only plays Rudyard Kipling, but he also wrote both the play and screenplay for this one. Maybe not quite a five-star feature, but excellent all the same.
It's 1914. Rudyard Kipling, the British Empire's greatest supporter, is at the peak of his literary fame. Kipling's son, Jack (Daniel Radcliffe), is determined to play his part in the imminent war with Germany, but finds himself rejected due to his extremely poor eyesight. When his father uses his influence to land Jack a commission in the Irish Guards, Kipling's wife, Caroline (Kim Cattrall), is bitterly upset, failing to see the glory in losing her only son to the war.
As Jack leaves for war, Kipling consoles himself with the thought that if his son should die, it will have been his finest hour. But how would the great writer justify the consequences of his actions to himself and his wife? And how would he live with the conflict between his two greatest passions: a love for his family and a devotion to King and Country?
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