Picks and Pans Review: Millions
James Nesbitt, Alex Etel, Lewis McGibbon
Two young boys, carousing on an empty lot near the suburban house they have just moved into with their recently widowed father (Nesbitt), come upon a duffel bag stuffed with cash. It has been tossed from a passing train by thieves. But the younger boy, Damian (Etel), a religious child who regularly chats with Catholic saints who have a habit of popping up in his bedroom and playhouse, decides it’s a gift from above and begins handing out money to people he considers the poor. His more worldly older brother (McGibbon) begins pricing real estate. Eventually the thieves come calling.
This magical comic fantasy—by, of all people, Trainspotting director Danny Boyle—is not to be missed. Though on the surface a charming romp about kids inadvertently getting mixed up with criminals, it also touches on issues such as coping with grief and applying saintly lessons to everyday life. Etel, who has the freckled face of an impish choirboy, is a marvelous little actor who will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. (PG)