ABC Film Challenge – 00’s Movies – I – The History Boys (2006) Movie Review

This is under I because of the teacher Irwin that comes into the lives of the schoolboys.

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Alan Bennett (Screenplay) Alan Bennett (Play)

Starring: Samuel Anderson, James Corden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Andrew Knott, Russell Tovey

Plot: An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.


Tagline – History. It’s just one bloody thing after another.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The History Boys starts when a group of schoolboys Crowther (Anderson), Timms (Corden), Lockwood (Knott), Rudge (Tovey), Scripps (Parker), Posner (Barnett), Akhtar (Dhawan) and Dakin (Cooper) have been selected as the best chance for the school to have students head to Oxford.

As the regular teachers have their own plan to push the students, it is newly hired Irwin (Campbell Moore) that looks to push the students to the next level, showing them a new view on life.

Thoughts on The History Boys

ThoughtsThe History Boys is a comedy drama that shows how a group of school boys were hoping for Oxford, they will find new inspiration from a younger teacher, who has seen the change in the world, knows what it takes to stand out in the applications. The performances from the younger actors work well together, they show great chemistry throughout the different moments they go through the studies. The different teachers show us the different approaches taken to help guide the next generation into the biggest stage of their lives. The story is about pointing out that to be educated, you need to open up a conversation about history, rather than just state the facts. The comedy is based on the time era the film is set, which will get laughs, even if the mentality is outdated.

Final Thoughts The History Boys is a life defining movie that hits all the inspirations, without going down the unrealistic goal chasing ideas.

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