The Stone of Destiny

Stone of DestinyDenisa and I have been working on trying to get to bed a bit earlier, now that I’m shooting for a 5:45 wake up each morning (I’ve done 1,000+ words each day so far–going great!). So our solution thus far has been to watch shorter movies at night. 🙂

Some of the types of movies I enjoy reviewing most are ones I’d never heard of before I watched them. I love the feeling of discovery–of finding something that is lots of fun all on my own. Of course, now that I have Netflix, that discovery process isn’t quite so hard, and I can’t take a whole lot of credit for what I find, but at the same time, someone has to branch out–watch the movies outside the mainstream sequels Hollywood’s churning out these days. Why not have that someone be me?

So the movie of the night last night was Stone of Destiny, the story of a group of Scottish college students who decide to steal the Stone of Scone, the Scottish coronation stone that had been taken by the English centuries before. It’s based on a true story–events that happened in 1950. One of those movies that defies classification. It’s a comedy heist drama coming of age movie, and it was a lot of fun. Life changing? No. Quality entertainment? Certainly. I’d rather watch a three star movie that I didn’t see coming than a three star movie that I thought would be four–make sense?

The movie starts out a bit slow, but it’s only an hour and a half long, so there’s not much time to bog down before it takes off. The college students don’t really know what they’re doing, and it’s fun to watch them try and figure things out. The best part for me was that you really have no idea all along whether they’ll succeed or not. It could go either way, and I won’t tell you how it ends.

Anyway–it’s on Netflix streaming, so you could start watching it now, if you felt so inclined. I really recommend it. Three stars, and worth every one.

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