Film Review: Swallows and Amazons

From Charlotte Walton

Swallows and Amazons is the tale of the Walker siblings; John, Susan, Tatty and Roger. Whilst on their summer holiday in the Lake District, the four set off on a venture to a mysterious island in the middle of the lake, commandeering a small sailboat; The Swallow. What they think will be a summer of fun and frivolity, soons turns into an intrepid adventure as they are caught up harms way.

Having never read the original children’s novel (gasp – I know!) I did not have a great deal of knowledge on what this film was going to be about other than 4 young children, boats and the allusion of espionage. It had close similarities to one of my favourite book series as a child, ‘Famous Five’, which made it a must-see in my eyes.

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