Kids’ Review of HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE MOVIE – ROTTEN ROMANS out 26 July

HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE MOVIE – ROTTEN ROMANS is out this week and London Mums sent 12 year old talented child reporter Maya to the premiere to meet the stars and check the movie out before it hits cinemas on 26 July. 

Led by rising stars Sebastian Croft (GAME OF THRONES) as Roman teenager Atti and Emilia Jones (PATRICK) as his Celtic rival Orla, HORRIBLE HISTORIES: THE MOVIE – ROTTEN ROMANS features an all-star cast including Nick Frost (FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY) as Orla’s father Arghus, Craig Roberts (SUBMARINE) as Emperor Nero and Kim Cattrall (SEX AND THE CITY) as Nero’s mother Agrippina.  Additional cast include BRIT Award-winning artist Kate Nash (GLOW) as Boudicca, Rupert Graves (SHERLOCK) as Governor General Paulinus, Alex Macqueen (THE INBETWEENERS) as Nero’s assistant Sycophantus and Sir Derek Jacobi reprises his iconic role as Claudius.

The story 

If you’re not familiar with the film, it sees rising stars Sebastian Croft (Game of Thrones) as Roman teenager Atti and Emilia Jones (Patrick) as his Celtic rival Orla and features an all-star cast including Nick Frost (Fighting With My Family) as Orla’s father Arghus, Craig Roberts (Submarine) as Emperor Nero and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) as Nero’s mother Agrippina. Additional cast include BRIT Award-winning artist Kate Nash (Glow) as Boudicca, Rupert Graves (Sherlock) as Governor General Paulinus, Alex Macqueen (The Inbetweeners) as Nero’s assistant Sycophantus and Sir Derek Jacobi reprises his iconic role as Claudius.

Atti (Croft) is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero (Roberts) Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Nash). As the Romans prepare for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street the two new friends find themselves lined up on opposite sides of the battlefield.

The trailer

 

HORRIBLE HISTORES: THE MOVIE – ROTTEN ROMANS is the feature film debut from Award winning director Dominic Brigstocke (I’M ALAN PARTRIDGE, GREEN WING, TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW). 

Based on global publisher Scholastic’s beloved best-selling and award-winning children’s historical comedy book series HORRIBLE HISTORIES by Terry Deary and illustrated by Martin Brown, the film’s screenplay has been written by Jessica Swale, the Olivier award-winning playwright Jessica Swale (NELL GWYNN), together with Giles Pilbrow (TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW) and Caroline Norris (RAISED BY WOLVES). 

The verdict 

London Mums’ 12 years’ old child reporter Maya attended the premiere of Horrible Histories – Rotten Romans movie and sent us her review:
 
‘This is a very good movie. This is because it’s funny, it’s well-made and it has many funny characters. I would recommend to go and watch Rotten Romans to everyone, children and parents’ alike. It is set in ancient Rome (the capital of Italy) and England and explains many events that happened in real life. It’s a fun way to learn historical facts. All parents should bring their children because it’s educational but it does not feel like school. I have learnt a lot about events that happened in the human history.’

Kids’ club (Maya)’s rating: 9/10 

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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