Things I liked:
Well, it was about Wales and I come from Welsh extraction so I was initially interested in the general story.
There was lots of music & singing which I enjoyed. As a minister’s daughter many of the Welsh hymns seemed familiar to me.
Favorite scene: After a beating by the cruel teacher Mr. Jonas , Dai Bando (a boxer from the village) avenges Huw (our young narrator & main character) with an impromptu boxing display on Mr. Jonas to the delight of his pupils.
Things I did NOT like:
This film is much too long. I found myself lying on the floor at one point crying ‘I don’t care about my heritage anymore.’
Spoilers: Ivor (Huw’s oldest brother) marries a woman named Bronwyn. On the day that Bronwyn gives birth to their child, Ivor is killed in a mining accident. All of Huw’s other brothers leave the country because they can’t find work. Angharad (Huw’s only sister) submits to a loveless marriage to Evans (the son of the mine owner), and they relocate out of the country. Huw is awarded a scholarship to university, but to his father’s dismay he refuses it to work in the mines. I don’t even want to talk about how Huw who is like what? Maybe 12 at the time decides to move in w/ his brother’s widow to help provide for her and her child. As if all of that isn’t depressing enough at the end of the movie Huw’s dad dies in a mining accident. So basically the only good thing about the damn valley was that it was green and by the time our dear Huw is finally leaving it’s not even green anymore.
Rating: 4 out of 10. It wasn’t great. I probably will not watch it again. How in the hell did this beat Citizen Kane?