Director: John Butler
Writers: John Butler
Stars: Fionn O’Shea (‘The Siege of Jadotville’), Nicholas Galitzine, Andrew Scott (‘Sherlock’), Moe Dunford (‘Vikings, ‘Patrick’s Day’), Amy Huberman (The Stag), Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones)
Time: 95 min
Age restriction: 18+
Ned is a bit odd. Out of a blue he has to share a dorm room with a new boy. Conor is an immediate star athlete at this rugby-mad school, while all Ned wants to do is play his guitar. Based on their love for music the boys form an unlikely friendship until the school authorities start deciding on their own whether it’s good for the boys and the school rugby team.
Warm and sunny, this is a definite choice for those who indulge in the beauty of what they watch. It gives off the same feeling of happiness as you get from, for instance, Wes Anderson (‘Moonrise Kingdom’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’) or John Madden (‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’) – something of warm summer and freedom of wind. And yes, there is a lot of Andrew Scott encouraging people to chase their dreams and stay true to themselves.
“Handsome Devil boasts bright dialogue and a lively directorial hand that uses split screen and an often eye-popping colour scheme to ensure that the attention never wavers.”
Allan Hunter. ScreenDaily
“Formulaic but full of heart.”
David Rooney. The Hollywood reporter