The Stone of Destiny: Movie Review
Cast: Charlie Cox, Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Kate Mara,
Bryan Lowe, Brenda Fricker
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Set in the late 1940s/ early 1950s, The Stone of Destiny is based on a true
Charlie Cox stars as Ian Hamilton, a member of a Scottish nationalist
organisation who is outraged that the English continue to subjugate the
So in an attempt to strike a symbolic blow for freedom after Scotland's plea
to be independent is rejected, he plots to remove the Stone of Scone, aka The
Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey.
Along with Kay Matheson (Kate Mara), and a couple of local lads, the quartet
head to the big smoke and start to see if their enormous task - both physical
and metaphorical - is possible...
The Stone of Destiny is a fairly pleasant way to pass an hour and a half - it
has to be said though, very little elevates it beyond the feeling of a made for
That's not to denigrate anything from the story - which is charmingly acted
and beautifully shot - all of the cast acquit themselves well in a relatively
simple roles and it's a gentle story throughout
Only Hamilton is afforded a bit more depth in terms of character and plot -
he has father issues and is clearly trying to do something to impress both his
father, the girl he quite likes (Kay) and his country.
While the themes of oppression are universal, The Stone of Destiny seems a
real throwback to a Scotland of yesteryear - the actual break out of the stone
is quite a tense piece and there's a vein of humour running throughout the whole
But all in all, The Stone of Destiny will possibly mean more to you if you
have a nostalgic bent towards reliving Scottish history and emotional times -
for the casual viewer, there's little onscreen to engage beyond putting the
brain in neutral.