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Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Historical adventure has facts, jokes, slapstick violence.

Movie NR 2019 92 minutes
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The British TV series Horrible Histories has acquired a passionate following from both children and parents. Here was a show that expertly blended entertainment with education. A feature-length movie was inevitable. Unfortunately it never quite hits the -- albeit grand -- heights of its smaller screen offering. Perhaps to justify its movie-status, much of the cast from the TV series has been replaced by "bigger" names. Derek Jacobi's cameo as Claudius is a particular joy and nod to older viewers who will have seen him play the same role in I, Claudius. But the ensemble cast feels like a game of "spot the famous person" and the chemistry from the original cast is notably missing.

As with the TV series, the movie is scattered with musical numbers. While it's fun to see a tribe of Celts singing about how they will defeat the Romans, the songs are all instantly forgettable. The jokes are a mix of potty humor, and historical and cultural references. On the whole, they all land -- a joke about "limiting scroll time" being a highlight. Add to this the education value the movie provides -- Horrible Histories prides itself on its historical accuracy -- and there's much to take from this big screen debut. Perhaps it's just a result of being so spoiled with the TV show that expectations aren't quite realized.

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