'The White Bus' (aka 'Red, White & Zero')
(Anthony Hopkins, Arthur Lowe, Patricia Healy, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / MGM)
Overview: An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity, and a prelude to director Lindsay Anderson's much acclaimed "If".
DVD Verdict: 'The White Bus' (aka 'Red, White & Zero') is an odd little movie, for sure. Filmed in black and white, although it contains bursts of color when scenes seemingly require it ie: roaring fires, etc. it tells the story of a girl riding around on a tour bus. Nothing really happens. Some of my friends that watched it with me - it only clocks in at around 45 mins - talk about wonderful performances, but really, there's the occasional brief conversation and a lot of touring!
But, that said, there are some cute moments. Like some odd character going on about class distinctions, but mainly this just seems to have no point to it at all, sorry!
Yet for some reason it has a lot of favorable reviews spread throughout time for it! And the only thing I can think of is that there are British people who recognize some of the sites and the sorts of people and it takes them back to that time! Or it simply gives them that feeling of connection.
Quite possibly a huge waste of my time, the ending is completely left of center! I won't give it away, but you'd be a real dummy to make it that far into the movie! Oh, and for the record, this was Anthony Hopkins' first ever movie role, but blink and you'll miss it! [FYI: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media] [DF] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.