Atti is a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero, Atti is forced to join the army and sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain. Things go from bad to worse when Atti is captured by Orla (Emilia Jones), a feisty teenage Celt desperate to prove herself as a warrior. Meanwhile a furious Nero is determined to crush the British rebellion, led by Boudicca (Kate Nash). As the Romans prepare for an historic showdown with the Celts at the Battle of Watling Street the two new friends find themselves lined up on opposite sides of the battlefield.
- Horrible Histories: The Movie: Rotten Romans review by MR
Must admit I've never seen any Horrible Histories on TV, but the actors sounded impressive in this one, and I love Lee Mack and Rupert Graves, so I thought I'd have a look. I thought it just not at all funny, and loathed the musical sections. If children are likely to enjoy it, then it's a harmless piece of work, because there was a lot of interesting Roman history thrown in.
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Entertaining romcom rather than history
- Horrible Histories: The Movie: Rotten Romans review by AB
Wasn't a great deal of actual history in this - sure the outline facts were correct and the film was set in one particular time and setting, but the whole thing was set in Britain, so it was basically about the Romans trying to subdue the Iceni, etc. (despite a side issue to inter-"racial" love story) and nothing to do with their whole way of life, structure, army, conquests, etc The modern-day rapping, dancing and singing would help younger viewers remember some areas of the history but it still left me hankering after the Monty Python "What did the Romans do for us?" scenario