Stone of Destiny
Stone of Destiny turned out be be a much lower key affair than I had imagined. In fact this film based on the true story of Ian Hamilton’s dream of Scottish independence in the 1950’s started out so slowly I thought it might lapse into a coma.
Fortunately however, it turned out to be a ripping good yarn about a bunch of students who devise a plan to steal back Scotland’s Stone of Scone from deep within the bowels of Westminster Abbey.
The comedic elements that I was expecting to come to the fore and dictate the style of the film, were kept for the times in the film when nothing seemed to be going the students way.
But it turned out to be a light hearted drama with an emotional kick at the end. So subtly did the story build up that you don’t notice how much these Scottish lads (and a lass) had managed to worm their way into your heart, so that by the time the story warps up, you’re ready for an emotional outpouring. If you’re that way inclined.
A great little story about being proud of your heritage and a parable that shows us that youthfulness is no barrier to being able to achieve great things.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date; January 14th, 2010
Director: Smith, Charles Martin
Length (Minutes): 96
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Charlie Cox, Brenda Fricker
Studio: Vendetta Films