Old Boys, 2018 - ★★★★

By all rights, this ought to be awful: an adaptation of the Cyrano de Bergerac story set in a boys’ public school, where the two male leads fall for the daughter of the new French master. However, I have to say that I loved it.

Alex Lawther (in the Cyrano role) does a great job as an awkward geek (as he always does), but there is so much surreal quirkiness in the peculiarities of the school (particularly the ‘Streamers’ water-based rugby game) that I found it offset any tendency the film might have to become boring and over-familiar. Great fun.

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