Runtime: 90 mins Director: James Strong Cast: David Tennant, Dougary Scott, Sam Claflin, Jack O’Connell
The flowers of English football, The flowers of Manchester
Manchester United suffered it’s greatest lose in 1958, when a private plane carrying the Busby Babes crashed and killed 8 of the squad along with 15 other souls. Recently I found out the BBC were making a drama of these events. The early part of the story focuses on the events prior to the European cup match, it shows how great of a side the Busby Babes, and follows a young Bobby Charlton (Jack O’Connell) efforts to join the Manchester United first team. We see Jimmy Murphy (David Tennant) as a father figure in the club, he was Matt Busby’s (Dougary Scott) assistant manager who scouted the majority of the Busby Babes. As well as the football, it also shows us all the players as vibrant young men who all have a great love of life on and off the pitch. After many clashes with the FA due to United playing in the European cup. Matt Busby decides to hire a private plane in order for the club to play Red Star Belgrade and then Wolverhampton on the weekend. When arriving in Munich due to bad weather, the plane had a technical issue. We then witness the crash, which is very dramatic . After this we see Manchester United in tatters, after the loss of so many lives. We see Jimmy Murphy (Tennant) trying to keep the club and the memory of the players alive.
This is one of the best British dramas I have ever watched. It’s such a important part of the clubs history, and it has been given justice. You as the viewer get sucked into the film, and you can feel the lose of the Busby Babes. David Tennant shines in United, his character is the lynch pin of the club. I do love his welsh accent, but his passion for the roll is clearly seen on the screen. Also I do applaud Jack O’Connell of his portrayal of Bobby Charlton, his transformation from a young boy to a man is very well seen in United. Duncan Edwards (Sam Claflin) is also fantastic, Edwards was the Messi of his time. There is not a lot of footage of Duncan Edwards, but Claflin plays him the way I imagined him to be. The main down side is that there is not much mention to all those who lost their lives. Also Dougary Scott’s portrayal of Sir Matt Busby is very weak, Sir Matt was known for wearing track suits, he looks more like a gangster. Also his tone of voice is different, he looks down on people. If you would look at him on a video on Youtube you would see his real character. United is a fantastic tribute to all that were affected by the Munich air disaster. It is also a reminder of how great the Busby Babes really were. If you fancy watching United it’s available on BBC iPlayer .