My name is Ashton, and I’m 10.
Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans is out soon! This is my review of the film.
The two main characters in the film were called Atti (played by Sebastian Croft) and Orla (Emilia Jones). I thought the actors were both really good.
Atti is a Roman soldier sent to Britain, where he is kidnapped by Orla, who is a Celt who wants to be a warrior. At the same time Boudicca (Kate Nash) decides to take on the Romans and kick them out of Britain.
Firstly I want to say that they probably didn’t have the kind of money to hire 100,000 people to play the Celts and 10,000 people to play Romans in the big battle, so I would say they have had to “improvise”.
I was also thinking to myself during the film that Emperor Nero’s voice sounded familiar then I realised the actor (Craig Roberts) was in a show filmed in the early 2000s* and looking at when this film was set you can choose if it is 2000 or 200.
Personally I like Orla’s grandmother Brenda (Joanna Bacon) and how she steals stuff from all the villages and always comes up with a simple excuse which none of the characters can figure out, which puts some of the comedy in the film. My favourite bit is linked with what I just said and is Brenda stealing a brooch and Atti’s mother is saying “Hey you have the same brooch as me!” while Brenda is hiding the brooch with her hand.
The music at the end was like PG love story music which really made the film comedic as you wouldn’t expect a history story to suddenly turn into a love story. I liked all the songs because they sounded quite modern.
My mum liked Emperor Nero’s mum (Kim Cattrall), I think because she tried to tell Nero what to do all the time!
Some more comedy in the film is when Atti kept on saying how Celts can’t read and also when Atti talks about his plan he immediately regrets it as he thinks “they will only be captured in a ROMAN and CELTIC war, not killed” when actually Paulinus (a Roman) wants to kill them.
There was also a news show about a traffic jam or should I say chariot jam but that’s just classic Horrible Histories for you I guess.
Horrible Histories: The Movie is really funny and clever. You should wait til the end as Rattus Rattus teaches you some history during the credits.
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans goes on general release in the UK on 26 July.
Read my mum’s review (3.5/5)
Watch the trailer for Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans and scroll down for clips from the movie:
CLIP: Celtic would-be warrior Orla and her captured Roman soldier:
CLIP: Always listen to your mum!: