Parents' Guide to

Twist

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Modern take on Oliver Twist has some violence, bad language.

Movie R 2021 88 minutes
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Based on 3 parent reviews

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age 10+

Perfect family action fun.

A truly entertaining modern take on the classic story. Twist is a fast paced heist-caper with spectacular rooftop chases across modern London. The pace will keep tweens and teens entertained. And great acting from Rita Ora, Lena Headey and Rafferty Law, alongside legend Sir Michael Caine!

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With a free running chase across London rooftops and a murder in the first five minutes, this modern spin on Dickens' classic sets itself up as a high-octane crime caper right from the off. Reminiscent of any number of Guy Ritchie movies, Twist is a morally ambiguous tale. Baby-faced con artists justify their thieving ways (they only steal from criminals) and charm themselves into the audience's affections with their audacious rule-breaking and lovable rogue shtick. A sparkling cast of top British talent includes the legendary Caine as a modern-day Fagin, and newcomer Law (son of Jude Law and Sadie Frost) as Oliver. Uncannily like his real-life father, Law has swagger but also a certain sensitivity. Sophie Simnett as Red (aka Nancy) is coolheaded and natural, while Headey plays the psychopathic Sikes with a chilling malevolence.

A misjudged moment when Sikes kisses Red -- against her will -- is overly uncomfortable and sinister, but goes against the generally larky tone of the story. Much is changed from the original Oliver Twist -- not least the gender-flipped Dodge and Sikes characters and the core plot line surrounding an elaborate art heist. But the essence is still here -- orphans, misfits, and thieves with honor working together to stick it to the man. It's clever, funny, and full of energy. Edgy enough for teens to enjoy but compelling enough for their parents too.

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