Academia Unstoppered

The History Boys pits humanist culture against moral relativism. Guess who's outclassed?

Still, one can't beat the performances: Moore, de la Tour, and Clive Merrison as the clueless headmaster create memorable portraits out of very flimsy materials; the boys are all excellently boyish in their variegated ways. Griffiths's jowly-mumbly, late-Laughton manner put me off at first, but his easy command of emotional shading builds Hector into a character of increasing stature and complexity, despite the facile uses to which Bennett puts him.

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