Closing the Ring

Movies, Drama
2 out of 5 stars
Closing the Ring
At 84, this much-loved bastion of British cinema has a new film, energised presumably by an endearing tale with strong appeal for the more mature viewer. Michigan, 1991, and a World War II flyer goes to his grave after years of an empty marriage, leaving widow Shirley MacLaine with some explaining to do to bristling daughter Neve Campbell.
Meanwhile, in Belfast, treasure hunters (Michael McCann and Pete Postlethwaite) risk the wrath of the IRA by excavating a contested site where a US  bomber went down during the war, discovering a ring which could link destinies on both sides of the Atlantic. Although fortunes unfold at a pace unhurried by today’s standards, and the melodramatic final reel flirts with incredulity, the film’s affirmation that it’s never too late to set lives in order carries a ruminative emotional charge. While MacLaine’s indomitable form is something to see, the story’s awkward contrivances prove insurmountable. With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough’s distinguished filmography.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Cast and crew

Director: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Shirley MacLaine
Christopher Plummer
Mischa Barton
Stephen Amell
Neve Campbell
Pete Postlethwaite
Brenda Fricker
Gregory Smith