Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Movie Review: The Lands Girls

The Blurb:-
The story of three young women and the events that would change their lives... The friendships that would stay with them forever... and the loves that would change their hearts.


I originally saw this movie for the first time about 10 years ago. And I remember truly loving it. So I was thrilled to get this for my birthday last year. No mean feat, considering it was deleted and now goes for a pretty penny on various DVD selling websites.

And I have to say that, although a nice film, it did not cut it for me. That said, I feel that this is more me than the movie and you should not let that put you off. I am possibly a little bit more in love with the novel than I should be. 

The acting and the costume are spot on. I err on the side of liking the character plots that are added in to the flick, but I feel that there is ample material in the book. I also feel that you do not really get to bond with the characters in this film before the war is over and most of them are living happily ever after. But, perhaps that is my feelings on the book coming through again.

There are excellent performances to be had from Anna Friel and Rachel Weiz, but Catherine McCormack as Stella did not convince me. She was OK, but as the lead character in both the images and narration of the story, I feel she was miscast.

In my opinion this could have been a whole lot better. It could have popped a lot more and had a bit more... something.  In short, it is not the best it could have possibly been. I say this, because it is "based" on the novel and to me is not a true reflection of the book.

But, this movie is likeable. If you have not read the book then you are sure to love it, just as I did when I first saw it. If you can find a copy of the DVD at a charity shop or cheaply on line, then it will not be a waste of your eye time.

I am pleased that there is a movie about these remarkable women, albeit a tepid one.

A 6/10 from me 


  1. Interesting! I have avoided this so far cause I thought it looked a bit crap but I think I'll give it a go now!

  2. I remember this coming out at the time but never saw it, maybe I'll look for the book instead.

  3. I've seen this a couple of times on the telly box and although I'm a sucker for anything 'homefront' it didn't wow me. I agree with everything you said, especially about Catherine McCormack being really miscast...I didn't know there was a book.

    I think 'The War Bride', which also stars Anna Friel, is far superior to this is both storyline and casting, but for some reason it never got the attention that 'The Land Girls' did. Maybe because it's Canadian?, I don't know.

  4. I haven't seen it yet, and think i will wait a while. i have to admit that Anna Friel isn't my favourite actress that that has always put me of. xx

  5. I was disappointed awhile back to find out it's not available on Netflix as I did want to check it out, if nothing else for the costumes and setting. Though I'll look up The War Bride as Munichjoolz mentioned.

  6. I remmeber loving that movie! Jeez,that was a while back.Didn't know it was based on a book,I'll have to read it!!! xxx

  7. I agree. The movie was a bit so-so. But I loved the costumes and that meadow was truly beautiful. I never read the book, but now I'll seek it out. Thanks for the book suggestion about The War Bride!

  8. I remember seeing this as a child. At the time I wasnt really sure what it was about, but I do remember thinking it was quite inspirational. I've resorted to buying the book, as I'm going to sweet talk my mum into buying it for me on dvd for christmas. I always prefer books to films, as they always miss chunks of the book out the films (Harry Potter is the major culprit in this!)

    You should check out ebay, they have LOADS of 'Womens Land Army' items.

  9. BB - yes there ARE heaps of things on ebay :) This is where I find a lot of independant books to add to the ever growing pile!

  10. May well try to find a copy of the DVD to watch during the long dark winter nights that are approaching all to quickly.

  11. Greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.And watch-out folks for Irene if you live in the east coast. Richard from Amish Stories.

  12. Well, you may not have sold the film to us BUT you have definitely whetted my appetite for the book - it's going straight on my reading list.

  13. Amor,
    I need to add this to my list of Landgirl recommends. thanks for Mexi- ad, me loves it.


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