A Field in England (2013)

A Field in England (2013) starring Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

Wheatley's Unconventional

As the English Civil War rages on 4 soldiers find themselves thrown into an adjacent field where they decide to take a stroll and head for where ever they can get some ale. Along the way they chat, row, have a run in with a stranger and have an encounter with some magic mushrooms.

Yes "A Field in England" certainly sounds out there and unfortunately for me it is too unconventional. It is whilst watching this that I realised that whilst I am happy to watch those movies which break the mainstream rules of movie making I still like some of those rules to be followed and "A Field in England" doesn't, it is director Ben Wheatley breaking with convention and challenging the audience to watch a movie which marches to its own beat.

So in truth this review is going to be short as whilst there are some who have been impressed by Wheatley's "A Field in England" I really didn't get it. Yes there was some nice cinematography in there but beyond that the only challenge I had was not to give up on it. And sadly the most interesting thing I can say about this movie is it was the first movie ever to be released on the big screen, in store, on VoD as well as shown on TV all on the same day. Yes that was as brave or fool hardy as the movie itself.

What this all boils down to is that "A Field in England" is not for everyone and is more of a movie for thosewho see movie making as art, as an expressionist medium. It means that for those with a preference for the rules and formula which mainstream cinema offers this could end up as complete and utter unconventional nonsense.