The characters are stereotyped and the pace not always expeditious, but Mordaunt finds some balance through affectionate strokes... Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-rocket-2013.html (3.5 stars)
A reasonably solid debut that siphons the hardships of living in a post-war, developing country into an easily digestible, friendly tale of family and belonging. It wears it's metaphors a little too heavy and the mango motif really wasn't strong enough to warrant tying up at the end. It's called the rocket, it has a boy on the front, the ending is a no-brainer. 2.5 stars
There are very few films I will watch 3 times, even 4 in the space of a month. This is one of them. It has faults if you want to see them, but all are forgiven because the emotional tone of the story-telling is so perfect.
Beautiful film. If the story ever gets a little unbelievable it doesn't matter because the style with which it's filmed is strong enough to sweep you up and suspend disbelief. Strong characters, breath taking scenery & poignant observations on the carnage (both mental & physical) war leaves in its wake & and how an entitled class & corrupt political system serves only its own masters and not the people in its care.
Lots of good stuff including beautiful scenery, a casually and frankly dangerous world, the quirky "Uncle Purple," and winning child actors. The movie doesn't quite gel into something that transcends the quality of the individual aspects and brings them into a greater whole, but there's still plenty to like.