Although famous for creating comedic and quirky worlds for children
the world, the darker shades of Roald Dahl’s life often invaded his
Pages As in his autobiographical works Boy and Going Solo, his
Time as a fighter pilot, combined with a burgeoning alcohol problem, made sure of that
He ran against the clear picture that is often associated with children ”

With this in mind, To Olivia chooses a particularly formative, devastating one
Time in Dahl’s family life and skillfully observes the conflict between
Dahl’s real and fictional worlds

Introduce the worldwide recognition that Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) would welcome
in the wake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG and Matilda, the
Family is nevertheless illuminated by the fame of Dahl’s wife, a Hollywood actor
Patricia Neal (Keeley Hawes) But soon after the movie starts, they’re quaint
and quiet life in the Buckinghamshire countryside is dotted
devastated by the sudden death of the couple’s eldest daughter, Olivia
Twenty Dahls to Encephalitis

As the addendum to the film shows, Olivia’s death forced Roald and
Patricia is committed to the rest of the measles vaccination
her life This compulsion was shown by Dahl’s burning
Letter to the Sandwell Health Authority entitled “Measles: A Dangerous
Disease ”in 1986, during which he suffered the rapid and devastating death of
his eldest child and begs parents to vaccinate their children
In the current public health climate, Dahl’s words may never have felt anymore

What follows in To Olivia is a family trying to find their way around
her loss While the pent-up emotion makes Dahl lash, it is Neal
forced to hold things together for the sake of the larger family in the face of
It is difficult to put an enormous strain on your wife and your own truculence
To put yourself in Dahl’s shoes – despite Bonneville’s efforts – and the film does
good to highlight the negative effects of this indulgence

The film is practically a two-handed film, with both Hawes and Bonneville
Anchoring the Hawes story gives Neal an urban, effortless touch, however
Skillfully heightened emotions during the film’s narrative pinch points
Meanwhile, Bonneville balances Dahl’s inherent playfulness with his bitter,
capricious anger Despite the sensitive issue, there are few
explosive scenes; Instead, the film is a choice of understatement

With this measured approach, To Olivia and the movie feel pretty safe
narrative tension – from the couple’s grief to their careers together
Frustrations – a shadow are fixed too quickly In fact, the whole trip after
Hollywood is a little too neatly packed, even if we win two charismatic ones
rotates by Conleth Hill and Sam Heughan In addition, while many of the
Performances are muted, the score is created occasionally

But the point I think the film makes is that loss and grief are things
that are treated daily and cannot be treated through
Continuous, Explosive Arguments As Dahl alludes, it is often the words
Left unspoken, which are the most important The film just feels life
Having to go on despite the tragedy is sometimes poignant, even if more time
could have been spent picking this up

To Olivia

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