Movie #28: Stone of Destiny

I can’t remember exactly how I heard about a small film called Stone of Destiny, but I typically enjoy light-hearted British movies like this one. Though there was a bit of a more serious political-historical flavour to it, this story of a group of young Scots, stealing the Stone of Destiny (an ancient symbol of Scottish pride) from Westminster Abbey in London in 1950, was told with humour and whimsy. Charlie Cox (remember him from Stardust?) plays Ian Hamilton, a student (and the writer of the book on which this movie was based), who is stirred by Scottish nationalism and plans to steal the Stone. At first he tries to get his friend (played by Lord of the Rings’ Billy Boyd) as his accomplice, but in the end finds a team of four strangers and new friends who help him pull off the heist on Christmas Eve. Robert Carlysle also appears as a Scottish politician and ally to Ian and his group. Though based on actual events, I wonder how much is true. In any case, the movie is as much about the four friends as it is about the stealing of the stone itself. I’m glad that even though the theme of Scottish nationalism is inescapable in this movie, it was neither heavy-handed nor trivialized. An inspirational and enjoyable slice of Scottish history. (3.5 out of 5)

28 down, 22 to go!

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