Wondrous Oblivion

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  • PG
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 7.1  (1,246)
  • 61

Wondrous Oblivion is a 2003 coming-of-age film that follows the life of a young boy named David Wiseman (played by Sam Smith) living in 1960s suburban London. The movie explores themes like race relations, discrimination, and personal growth. David is a cricket-obsessed boy who spends most of his time batting and dreaming of being the next Gary Sobers. He lives with his parents, Ruth and Victor Wiseman (played by Leagh Conwell and Stanley Townsend), in a typical English neighborhood where everyone knows everyone. David's life is turned upside down when a Jamaican family named the Samuels moves in next door.

The Samuels family is made up of Dennis (played by Delroy Lindo), Gloria (played by Leonie Forbes), and their daughter Judy (played by Ayesha Antoine). David is fascinated by the Samuels and their Caribbean culture, and he begins to spend time with their family. He learns how to play cricket in a new and exciting way and quickly becomes friends with Judy.

However, not everyone in the neighborhood is welcoming of the Samuels. The neighborhood is predominantly white, and many people are suspicious and hostile towards the new Jamaican family. David's father, Victor, is one of these people, and he tries to keep his family away from the Samuels. David struggles to understand why his father is acting this way, and he begins to question his own beliefs about race.

The movie explores these themes through the lens of cricket, which serves as a metaphor for race relations. David's cricket coach, Jimmie Blacksmith (played by Bill Paterson), encourages David to learn how to play cricket the Jamaican way. He teaches David about the "googly," a cricket move that requires deception and skill. Jimmie explains to David that this move is like life; it's important to be able to see things from different perspectives and deceive your opponents in order to succeed.

As David learns more about the Samuels and their culture, he begins to see the world in a new light. He becomes more aware of the racial discrimination and prejudice that exists in his community and starts to question his own beliefs. David's journey of personal growth is marked by his struggles with identity and fitting in, his first crush, and his relationship with the Samuels.

Throughout the movie, the characters learn to navigate difficult situations, and the viewer sees a transformation in their attitudes towards race and culture. David's father, Victor, learns to appreciate the Samuels for who they are, and David begins to understand the complexities of race relations. The movie ultimately leaves the viewer with a sense of hope and understanding, showing that despite our differences, we can come together and learn from one another.

Wondrous Oblivion is a heartwarming movie that tackles difficult themes with sensitivity and humor. It's an inspirational story about growing up, learning to appreciate diversity, and standing up for what you believe in. The actors bring their characters to life with great precision, and the tight direction and writing ensure that the story remains engaging from start to finish. This movie is a must-see for anyone who enjoys coming of age stories or is interested in exploring themes related to race and culture.

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