Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Eventually the movie drowns in words.
It's a carefully made movie, evocatively filmed and intelligently thought out by the director and his cast.
The freely associative, poetic tone signals this isn't going to be just another grungy British pic about young malcontents and petty crime.
Despite reams of maudlin narration, McKidd's powerful performance as a conflicted man makes this beautifully shot low-budget feature worth checking out.
The film has a poetic pulse, its ups and downs accompanied by some smartly chosen pop songs, a seductive original score and McKidd's husky voice-over narration.
This Scottish memoir of inebriation and sobriety leans heavily on the hurt of booze and rarely on the high.
The frequent narration is a nonstop string of clichés, platitudes, and truisms that should have been flung out the cutting-room window.
The voice-over is a touch pretentious and a few scenes play like acting exercises, but the film is filled with a real sense of hopeless poignancy.
Even in its most violent moments, 16 Years Of Alcohol is suffused with visual poetry.
An intense and imaginatively mounted first feature.
'Hello, my name is Frankie. And I am a violent man.'
Actually, it's Trainspotting without the predilection for 'junk' and dead babies who crawl on the ceiling.
[font=Century Gothic]Portentously narrated, "16 Years of Alcohol" is a thinly plotted movie about Frankie(Kevin McKidd), a young man who is part of a gang of four thugs who spend most of their waking hours roaming the streets and bars. Frankie is a one-dimensional character whose single distinctive quality is his explosive anger but no particular cause is ever given for this.(He grew up in a dysfunctional home but the situation was not abusive.) No political or socio-economic factors are even mentioned. In the end, this movie just seems like an inferior knock-off of "A Clockwork Orange" which it references via a movie poster.[/font]
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