I went to see the movie with an open mind.
My knowledge of those decades is pretty scarce. This is because of two reasons; firstly because the education system has failed me and many others my age. Mintoff was never mentioned in our Maltese history lessons. All lessons came to an end once the second world war was resolved.
The second reason is because I grew up in a family which was divided; one part was pro Mintoff, one part was anti Mintoff and another part was all for Malta going back under British rule (or at least that was my impression of it).
This is the reason why I’m not going to delve into how accurate the movie was. I’m 28 years old, I didn’t live through those times so I don’t feel like I have the right tools or knowledge to judge. What I am going to say is that, if, like me, you have a gap of such an important time in Maltese history then you’re in luck. I do feel like the movie tried its best to document Mintoff’s life.
Being narrated in an open letter style you do expect a little bias and if you get your knickers in a twist because of this then you should really get out of that bubble you’ve been living in. One thing is sure when the movie comes to an end and the curtains are drawn; Mintoff was human – with his many faults and blessings.
To conclude, the movie is impeccably produced, the animations are stunning and I wholeheartedly agree with Teodor Reljic when he says that this movie is a milestone in Maltese film making.
Watch the trailer below…