Johnny and the Bomb

Posted Friday, April 11, 2008, 9:01 PM


I just watched a TV adaptation of the Terry Pratchett novel, Johnny and the Bomb, which is a story about a group of kids who travel back in time to 1941 and manage to cause an upset in the space-time continuum that they then have to go back and fix. Shades of Back to the Future, really.

It was sort of good, but sort of not. All the child actors suffered from child actor syndrome, where they seemed to be constantly looking down at their feet and reciting their lines and striding to their marks. If one or two of them did it I'd forgive them, but they all did it most of the time. BigMac was the worst, but Kirsty did it a lot too. Mind you, Frank Finlay wasn't such great shakes either.

It was also edited very slowly. It could've been directed and edited tighter to make the exciting bits more thrilling and dangerous, but it flagged somewhat, and was bogged down by the poor acting. And the weak dialogue. And the dodgy effects.

So it's not really recommended, but is good for a look in if you're so inclined.

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