A Dozen Summers – a quirky and funny film – Review
“Maisie and Daisy McCormack are two ordinary 12-year-olds finding their way through life in the 21st century. Oh, and they may have just hijacked a movie.”
And so the premise is set for this rather delightful and quirky kids film, A Dozen Summers.
The movie has been written and directed by Kenton Hall, A Dozen Summers stars Kenton’s own 12-year-old twin daughters Hero and Scarlet Hall as Maisie and Daisy McCormack.
Maisie and Daisy McCormack are two, ordinary twelve-year-old girls trying to make their way through the minefield of life in the 21st century. Which, as far as their concerned, is largely a case of trying to work out why grown-ups behave so oddly on such a regular basis. When they interrupt a children’s adventure story in progress, by scaring off the narrator (played by Colin Baker), they hijack the film and go ahead to tell the story of their own lives, through the lens of the movies they’ve seen.
Jacqueline (played by Sarah Warren), their mother is a struggling model with an idiosyncratic parenting method. Henry (played by Kenton Hall), their father, a writer who has sacrificed more than they realise to give them a stable home life. The two girls lead us through their day-to-day life, battling with bullies Jennifer, Audrey and Beth and the pull of first love, Matty Archer.
They take us through bad dates with Jacqueline, home-life with Henry, school life (with added werewolves and vampires), before finally being forced to take the first tentative steps into adulthood when Jacqueline finally settles down and they decide to set their father up with their teacher, Miss Walters (played by Tallulah Sheffield). And they need to do it all before the story they interrupted re-asserts itself into their world. It’s a race against time and the two girls are learning it’s not necessarily a race they can win.
As a parent, I have been dragged to every children’s film produced over the last decade. Too often, with rare and beautiful exceptions, this has resulted in my stumbling from the cinema, muttering, “My eyes, my eyes”. And even when the film has managed to entertain and inspire the entire audience, regardless of age, I’ve wondered why we so often seem to split films about and for older children into “escapist ad-venture” and “cautionary tale”. – Kenton Hall
A Dozen Summers certainly takes us on a journey through the eyes of the two twelve-year-olds with the use of their imagination being shown to the viewer in the form of some cleverly crafted “skits” from Kenton Hall, these all add to the charm of the movie.
In this day and age of Hollywood bringing us, what seems like nothing but, prequels and reboots, it makes a refreshing change to see a movie made with a passion for having something a little different and using actors that may not be up to scratch of the big block busters, but it works for A Dozen Summers.
I have to say that Kenton Hall has done a good job on A Dozen Summers, it’s quirky, funny and a film that is not just for the kids, it is one of those movies that all the family can sit down and watch and laugh together, with moments that all ages can relate to.
Our recommendation here at Blazing Minds is, go check out A Dozen Summers which is released on 21st August and keep an eye out for other projects from Kenton Hall, we’re looking forward to seeing many more films coming from Kenton.
A Dozen Summers Trailer
Movie Update 03/06/2016
Since we did this review, A Dozen Summers is now available on DVD.
A Dozen Summers, a Quirky and Delightful Film
Movie title: A Dozen Summers
Movie description: Maisie and Daisy McCormack are two ordinary 12-year-olds finding their way through life in the 21st century. Oh, and they may have just hijacked a movie.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Director(s): Kenton Hall
Actor(s): Colin Baker, Kenton Hall, Scarlet Hall, Daisy Hall, Ewen MacIntosh
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
A Dozen Summers is a quirky, funny and a film that is not just for the kids, it is one of those movies that all the family can sit down and watch and laugh together, with moments that all ages can relate to.