March 14th: Loadsa money

70. Millions (Danny Boyle, 2004)

It is by no means his most popular film but Danny Boyle’s Millions is a little gem of a movie. Damian lives with his father and brother when, whilst out playing, a bag full of money crashes into his cardboard fort. The money is pounds sterling but in this England the conversion to the €uro is only just round the corner. Damian, guided by his conscience, his brother and a cavalcade of imagined saints tries to do the right thing. Millions manages to avoid being twee or schmaltzy and instead creatively delivers a narrative from a child’s point of view without being condescending. It also has the lovely Daisy Donovan in it, I had a reyt crush on her about a decade ago.

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