Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Blu-Ray Review - Time Bandits

The ultimate throwback to the adventurous films of the 1980s, Time Bandits makes it bow on blu-ray and I don't mind telling you, it looks breathtaking in its new form and still glimmers with excitement and joy with every scene that passes.

Time Bandits follows eleven-year-old Kevin (Craig Warnock) whose love for everything historical is about to get a whole lot more exciting, as he joins a group of dwarves on an adventure as they use a stolen map to locate treasure. Along the way, they come along such individuals as Robin Hood (John Cleese), Napoleon (Ian Holm) and King Agememnon (Sean Connery). As their quest continues, Evil (David Warner) plots to steal the map and use it for his own devices.

Time Bandits is without a doubt one of those films that will appeal to a certain generation, its low-budget and lack of special effects a far cry from the films of these days. Nevertheless, an adventure that is undoubtedly as fun for the actors themselves as us the audience, it is a breathless delight and proves that adventures don't have to be blockbusting and possess a huge budget to be ultimately immersive.

With the likes of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery and many others on hand, the film itself whisks along at a nice pace, allowing for the fun to really be had by viewers, and the story is as simple yet captivating as humanly possible. 

Regarded as a cult classic, Time Bandits is one of those films that will forever remain a stalwart of the film history, involved in its own quest to slay the blockbuster dragons and prove that low budget films have just as much a right as any to wow audiences. A stunning blu-ray conversion and a true family film, this is one you can savour for years to come yet...

Blu-Ray Rating - 4 out of 5 F's