Loosely based during “The Troubles” in Belfast, Ireland, The newest film from director Kenneth Branagh is a sweet coming-of-age film about navigating yourself during the difficult moments of your childhood. Jude Hill gives a fantastic breakthrough performance as the young child trying to get through the harsh moments of his childhood and figure out where he sees himself once he gets older. The supporting cast consisting of Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, and Ciarán Hinds all give outstanding performances as members of Hill’s family. Each member of his family, especially his mother and grandfather, plays a crucial role in how he sees his life, and it’s all done in a great artistic way, thanks to Kenneth Branagh’s screenplay and direction. “Belfast” is a beautiful film that will have you mesmerized from start to finish and will make you appreciate the Irish culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thanks to Kenneth Branagh’s fantastic direction and the incredible performances from the ensemble cast, particularly Caitríona Balfe and Ciarán Hinds, “Belfast” is Kenneth Branagh’s best-directed film since 1996’s “Hamlet” and is a film to watch out for during this year’s award season.
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