Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast is full of Easter Eggs and references to other movies, including a comic from the Marvel Universe. The plot is all about Buddy (played by Jude Hill) who wonders what it’d look like if he starts fighting with the bad guys and take his family out of Ireland during a conflict war.
Buddy And His Family
The semi-autobiography film, Belfast, by Kenneth Branagh, features quite references to some other movies, comics, and even plays. The plot of the movie takes place during the time of “The Troubles” conflict in the 1960s. When many people and families experienced the conflict from quite afar, Buddy and his family who were living in Ireland saw it all going outside their door.
Furthermore, while Buddy’s father (played by Jamie Dornan) tried to stay away from the happenings around, it still caught his family. As the film is kind of “semi-autography,” Branagh used all the cinematography freedom and linked Belfast with quite a few other movies and plays. In this regard, the film depicts all the media and entertainment that he (Branagh) consumed in his childhood. While some of them were quite obscure to notice, others were pretty much easy.
Robin And The 7 Hoods
Belfast referred to Robin Hood at the very beginning of the film. With that being said, Robin and the 7 Hoods is one of those tales that could be seen quite many times along with 2018’s Robin Hood. It (Robin and the 7 Hoods) starred Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr. Their reference in Belfast comes when Buddy echoes that he wants to see Robin and the 7 Hoods in theatre.
When Buddy’s Grandmother and Mother (played by Judi Dench and Caitriona Balfe) were having their discussion, it was Buddy and his brother who was watching the original Star Trek series. The futuristic show forces Buddy to think about the future of his family. It even somehow resembled Buddy’s idea of leaving Ireland during the conflict.
When Buddy was traveling back to his home after watching the play, he undergoes a conversation with her grandmother about movies. During this exact scene, her grandmother (Judi Dench) asks him that whether or not he has ever seen Lost Horizon. The film got released in 1937 and it was directed by a famous director of that time, Frank Capra. The film included Ronald Colman as the protagonist who was indeed one of the smartest and dashing actors during the 1930s and 1940s.
The very last reference in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast wasn’t really added to the plot. However, the reference was quite relevant for the period. In the film, there is a scene where Buddy is reading a “Thor” comic and his father asks him questions regarding the character. With that being said, Marvel’s Thor debuted in the 1960s that was greatly referred to as the Silver Age of comics.