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Film Review: Dean Spanley (2008)

Set in Edwardian England a son makes his usual weekly visit to see his ageing, cantankerous father. Tired of the routine he decides to take his father to hear a talk by an Indian mystic. Which leads to a series of encounters with the increasingly eccentric Dean Spanley, played expertly by the eminent dinosaur dude Sam Neill.

It’s tricky to say much about the film without giving away details which would be best left unsaid. And it’s a fairly simple story and concept. I will say that it’s a charming and heartwarming tale. As it unfolds the story becomes somewhat incongruous with the straight, stiff upper lippedness, but that’s more than forgivable. Peter O’Toole in the role of the the old man is suitably infuriating and it’s nice to see him still in the acting lark.

If you enjoy the company of dogs you’ll likely get additional enjoyment from this film.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Dean Spanley on IMDb

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