A Room for Romeo Brass (2000)
Romeo and Gavin are best friends who live pretty average 12 year-old lives -- until Morrell moves into their Midlands estate neighborhood. When the eccentric Morrell develops a romantic obsession with Romeo's older sister, his friendship with the boys takes on a rather sinister edge.
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Critic Reviews for A Room for Romeo Brass
Hard to believe a film can be both touching, dark, and disturbing all at the same time...
Add a breezy indie soundtrack, an offputting bewigged cameo by Meadows in the chippy, and a sense of time and place to rival Gregory's Girl (1980), and you've got a proper treat for lovers of real life.
A plain Jane piece of cinema, Romeo nonetheless delivers some tangible grit, and fair play for the audience.
In a year of generally lost expectations, American moviegoers should rejoice in the simple pleasures of A Room for Romeo Brass.
Overall, an excellent, top-notch production, compromised by an ambiguous theme.
Charms and entertains with its lovable characters and occasional bursts of unforeseen suspense.
If coming-of-age were as unsettling as this movie, most people would commit suicide before getting out of high school.
Audience Reviews for A Room for Romeo Brass
Shane Meadows is the best thing that's happened to British film in years! So is Paddy Considine who makes an amazing first performance.More
Romeo Brass is a schoolboy whose friendships and family are turned upsode down by the arrival of a socially inadequate misfit played by Paddy Considine who insinuates himself into his life. Another gritty real life drama from Shane Meadows typically blends domestic drama, comedy and urban violence in this in turns humorous and disturbing tale of suburban Britain. All the performances are very good and completely believable, filmed in Meadows' usual naturalistic style, and once again Paddy Considine steals the show as the unhinged Morrell who is harmless and hilarious at the outset but terrifying and creepy when he shows his true colours. My one criticism would be that the situation is resolved a little too conveniently, and as a result I was left wanting more, but a damning criticism that certainly is not. Not quite up to the standard of Dead Man's Shoes or This Is England, but a fine film nonetheless.More
Another excellent film from Shane Meadows and another outstanding performance for Paddy Considine. This film manages to lure you into a false sense of security and then shocks you. Again, gritty, realistic something that seems to be a pattern for Shane Meadows.More
Simply amazing. Funny, dark, innocent, violent, bizarre, sweet, surprising, shocking. Indescribable. A tour de force performance debut from Paddy Considine is the highlight of the film. Simply stunning.More
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