From Time To Time: Movie Review
From Time to Time
Cast: Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Alex Etel, Timothy Spall
Director: Julian Fellowes
Based on best seller The Chimneys of Green Knowe, From Time To Time is a
ghost story mixed in with family intrigue.
When thirteen year old Tolly (Etel) is sent to live with his grandmother
(Smith) at her country estate, he becomes obsessed with the family secrets which
are embroiled in the home.
Tolly discovers he can move between his world and the past - and begins to
uncover family secrets of the estate which have lain dormant for years.
From Time to Time feels a little out of time to be honest - it's certainly
enchanting in places and has some wonderful effects as Tolly travels from the
present to the country home of the past.
Doors open and suddenly Tolly's back in a past brought to life by wonderfully
evocative colours and society life.
But it's all a little plodding in places - it feels a little Secret Gardenish
as they negotiate different times and along with simple acting and no real
emotion from the lead, it's hard to become engaged in this tale.
Which is a shame because Fellowes manages to eke out maximum spookiness from
the old mansion, wrings out the best from his locations and gets a great
performance from Maggie Smith.