"A feel good and sweet natured British film focusing on the strained relationship between a mother and her 15-year-old son"
“A feel good and sweet natured British film focusing on the strained relationship between a mother and her 15-year-old son who is your normal and generic stroppy teenager who most of us remember ourselves being during our teens.”
With an all-star cast, featuring Monica Dolan (Sue), Earl Cave (Daniel), Elliot Speller-Gilliot (Ky), Tamsin Greig (Astrid), Rob Brydon (Mr Porter) , Tim Key (Dale) & Alice Lowe (Carol), this is a feel good movie which grips you from the start and throughout, with tears of laughter to tears of sadness.
Produced by Matthew James Wilkinson and serving as Simon Bird's directorial debut, Days of the Bagnold Summer is a really great film to watch; it focuses on the story between a teenager who loves heavy-metal music and a mother who, like any loving mother, just wants to do the best she can for Daniel (Earl Cave), regardless of the obvious distance that continues to grow between the both of them.
After Daniel is told his fathers wedding has been postponed, meaning Daniel is no longer spending his summer break in Florida, it's down to Sue (Monica Dolan) to keep her son entertained and happy for 6 weeks. She tells Daniel to work on his CV and to hand them out the next day to get him out of the house. He does just this, but shows as much enthusiasm as he can handle, and to a 15-year-old, this is very little.
Upon handing a CV into one of the many stores he visits, Daniel finds an advert requesting a singer for a band, where he looks to call the number but backs down at the last second. This happens again when he goes to the address in Hornchurch Drive, when he only goes as far as listening to the music being played on the other side of the door.
Later in the movie, you find Daniel returns to the house, in Hornchurch Drive, with his friend Ky (Elliot Speller-Gilliot), but he runs away when Ky opens the garage door and Daniel refuses to see or talk to him afterwards, leaving Sue frazzled about what has happened, and isn’t sure what to make of Ky’s mum, (Tamsin Greig), who is an energy healer.
Days of the Bagnold Summer is nothing more than a coming-of-age film, focusing on the relationship between Daniel and Sue and the bond they share over their Labrador dog, Riley.
This film creates a good summer feel to it, and a very British feel to the audience where the ending is great and gentle which shows the relationship between mother and son developing closer giving the audience a satisfying end to the movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this and give this a good recommendation to watch. I found this to be a great delight to watch from the moment it started to the end credits, superb, summer feel-good film of 2020, and very funny.