The Railway Children Review: WWII Tale Has Some Charm, But Not Enough Depth

The Railway Children Review: WWII Tale Has Some Charm, But Not Enough Depth

Few moments in history seem to be covered as extensively on screen as World War II. It feels like nearly every aspect of this wide-ranging, devastating event has earned its own movie. In the case of Morgan Matthews’ The Railway Children, the WWII practice of parents sending their children out of cities and into the country in the face of terrifying air raids takes center stage, as well as the racist treatment of Black American soldiers. The Railway Children, itself a sequel to the 1970 film of the same name (this new effort is referred to as The Railway Children Return in the U.K.), frequently alludes to the war but keeps the focus on the central group of children and their surprising adventures. The Railway Children makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on a lesser known aspect of WWII, but ultimately doesn’t possess enough depth.

The Railway Children makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on a lesser known aspect of WWII, but ultimately doesn’t possess enough depth.

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