All or Nothing Reviews
This may be the best way to show off Leigh's unique methodology of crafting characters by working with actors. These actors (each of them amazing) literally create and become their character's through studious rehearsal and pre-production processes. By the time the film is made it is as if Leigh is doing documentary work, capturing the real people suffering before him. Timothy Spall, despite his distinctive appearance, proves himself again a chameleon when working with Leigh. It took me several minutes to recognize Sally Hawkins (she is radiant -- amazing -- still one of my favorite actors). Perhaps one of his finest films, not to be neglected -- place it alongside Secrets & Lies, Another Year and Naked.
This however is not up to his usual standards. Lacking humour or warmth this is a bleak picture of South London and is in my opinion a bad story.
Theres also several scenes which just dont make sense, like why does the Mum ask her daughter if she has sugar in her tea? In a place where everyone drinks tea all the time why would you ask? you would just know.
Also the alcoholic woman in the film, yeah, Im not buying it. She just wouldnt be like that, her scenes were just plain wrong, as if she wouldnt know how to call an ambulance, or fall over at the bar like that. Nope. Not accurate.
Also, maybe it was just netflix but the sound was terrible, either way too loud or way to quiet. I couldnt hear anything Phil was saying, Timothy Spall mumbled the whole way through. Why? There was no need!
Its rather depressing of course but in the normal course of events I dont mind that, I dont mind a tear jerker - give me one I'll happily sob at the end. Of course this is not that kind of film, but at the end I just don't care for the characters - any of them. Bugger it.