Belfast is a British coming-of-age comedy-drama written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who has described Belfast as his “most personal film” and focuses on a young boy’s childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the beginning of “The Troubles” in 1969. I watched Belfast because of its Oscar nominations. I thought the movie was well-acted, well-written, and somewhat depressing to see what some people will do to satisfy their strong need for control over people or situations, aka “control freaks”.

Belfast chronicles the life of a working-class Ulster Protestant family from the perspective of their 9-year-old son Buddy (Jude Hill) during “The Troubles” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Buddy’s father “Pa” (Jamie Dornan) works overseas in England, while the family—“Ma” (Caitríona Balfe), elder brother Will (Lewis McAskie), and paternal grandparents Granny (Judi Dench) and Pop(Ciarán Hinds)—live in Belfast.

During the August 1969 riots, a group of…

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