Thursday, 18 February 2016

Bill The Movie DVD Review From The Makers Of Horrible Histories

My older kids grew up with Horrible Histories and they were always fun to watch on TV to learn about history. I kind of made a boring subject for some kids into a fun filled and honest subject for them to learn about. In the summer we were lucky to meet some of the actors from Horrible Histories at an event to promote another programme that they were involved in. The main stars of Bill (Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond) all do a brilliant job by acting out at least 4 character each.

We were asked a few weeks ago if we wanted to take part in a viewing party for the new DVD from the Horrible Histories guys. So on Monday we went to see a friend and her son and we made ourselves comfortable with a bowl of popcorn and Tilly even got in the spirit of Tudor and dressed up for the occasion.

We popped the film on and it goes straight in to the story of William Shakespeare or Bill as he is referred as in the film and how he goes of to London to follow his dreams as a writer after failing as a lute player in a local band. Tilly watched it for about 10 minutes before her and her friend went off to play with each other, So I don't really think this is a good film for kids of her age as boredom hit quite early on in the film and I think that was down to not understanding the back ground story.

So the story follows ''Bill'' as he goes to London and meets up with Christopher Marlowe in the hope of getting a play shown in a theatre. Some of the jokes are quite adult orientated and made us adults giggle but the kids really didn't understand them. Although it is a historical story, it also has some modern twists added to it.When the security is heightened at the castle, it goes to a higher level and when King Philip and his men land in England, they are met by modern day customs men. After having to work in London dressed as a tomato to promote a company, he is forced to write a play to cover up a plot to kill Elizabeth I by King Philip II. Bill knows he has to save the day and he does do it in spectacular fashion. I don't want to say too much because it will spoil the film for you. There was also a quick scene where you see a prisoner hanging in a cage and someone has stolen his trousers, So you see a naked butt. Not something I was sure I wanted Tilly to see in a kids film. 

Bill is out on DVD now and can be bought from Hmv and Amazon, as well as most DVD retailers for RRP £7.99 

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