Horrible Histories – The Movie: Rotten Romans

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It’s charm holds strong, and there’s a sense of forgiving originality about what Horrible Histories: The Movie brings to the cinema release schedule

An historical effort featuring almost every mildly recognisable face from British television, Horrible Histories: The Movie is tremendously silly, very simple and only occasionally interesting to anyone with more than a GCSE History qualification. But, in spite of its outwardly childish appearance, there’s a comforting and enjoyable nature to it’s quips and facts, punched into the script like they would be in the original Terry Deary books.

Young Roman Atti (Sebastian Croft) is sent to fight in Britain as punishment by Emperor Nero (Craig Roberts) during the height of the Roman empire. But, when kidnapped by Celt warrior Orla (Emilia Jones), the pair strike up a strange friendship built on two sides of a brewing war.

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Openly understanding of its low-key nature and creation, Horrible Histories: The Movie never tries to be something it isn’t, successfully transitioning from television to cinema, though seeing more of its origin’s comedians also making the move would have perhaps been a genuine and just gesture. Names of Nick Frost’s calibre however certainly add clout to the feature’s pedigree and credibility. In every form, Horrible Histories is a truly British production, and remains that way even with a larger, star powered cast.

It is cringe-worthy, and filling the feature with strange original songs isn’t the most efficient way to fill time, but again, it’s charm holds strong, and there’s a sense of forgiving originality about what Horrible Histories: The Movie brings to the cinema release schedule. It’s influences are clear and obvious, but with something of this low-key scale, that isn’t always a terrible thing.

3/5

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