A Kid for Two Farthings

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  • Approved
  • 1955
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.4  (1,144)

In the bustling marketplace of London's East End, young Joe (Jonathan Ashmore) discovers a rare white unicorn figurine that he believes will make all his wishes come true. While the adults in his life, including his mother (Celia Johnson) and their lodger Mr. Kandinsky (David Kossoff), are skeptical, they indulge Joe's imagination and encourage him to pursue his dreams.

Joe's biggest wish is to see the unicorn come to life, and he enlists the help of kindly local tailor Sam (Brendan Shine) to make a saddle and bridle for the figurine. But when Joe meets zany blonde barmaid Sonia (Diana Dors), she proves to be a distraction from his mission. Meanwhile, Mr. Kandinsky faces financial troubles and is forced to sell his beloved bird to a pet shop.

As Joe's fascination with the unicorn intensifies, he becomes convinced that it possesses healing powers - an idea that is met with disbelief by those around him. But when Mr. Kandinsky falls ill, Joe is determined to use the unicorn's magic to save him. With the help of his friends and family, he sets out on a fantastical adventure that ultimately teaches him valuable lessons about hope, perseverance, and the power of the human spirit.

A Kid for Two Farthings is a charming and whimsical tale that captures the innocence and wonder of childhood. Directed by acclaimed British filmmaker Carol Reed (The Third Man, Oliver!), the film is based on the novel by Wolf Mankowitz and features a talented cast of veteran actors alongside young newcomer Jonathan Ashmore. Celia Johnson brings warmth and sensitivity to her role as Joe's caring mother, while Diana Dors steals the show as the vivacious Sonia, a character that adds a touch of glamour and romance to the story.

David Kossoff is equally excellent as Mr. Kandinsky, conveying both the character's gentle nature and his struggles with poverty and ill health. The film's themes of poverty, community, and the resilience of the human spirit are presented in a sweet and uplifting way that feels both poignant and relevant even today.

One of the strongest aspects of A Kid for Two Farthings is its vivid depiction of a bygone era - specifically, post-WWII London. The film captures the hustle and bustle of the East End market, complete with its colorful characters and street vendors hawking everything from fish to flowers. This lively and energetic setting provides a rich backdrop for the story, adding depth and texture to the film's themes of tradition, nostalgia, and the passing of time.

Overall, A Kid for Two Farthings is a delightful and heartwarming film that is sure to enchant viewers of all ages. With its endearing characters, whimsical plot, and timeless themes, it is a true gem of British cinema and a testament to the power of imagination and the resilience of the human spirit.

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    6.4  (1,144)