Brassed Off Reviews
"Brassed Off" carriers a serious tone within the dark comedy structure of the film. The threat of closure of an industry (in this case coal mines) and the loss of hundreds of jobs and a full demoralisation of a whole town and the consequences of that is of course a social political problem that can happen anywhere and as a comment is important to communciate. Parts of the film make references to the huge increase in suicides that resulted from the end of the coal industry in Britain, and the struggle to retain hope in the circumstances. The film is set during a period in the early 1990s when the miners put up very little resistance to a wave off pit closures, in contrast to the year-long strike undertaken in 1984-85. This demoralization of the militant miners was the basis behind the idea of being "brassed off"."Brassed Off" has humour (with a bit of darkness to it), a message, believeable characters and human warmth. The cast is great with Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Ewan McGregor on top. Yes, the film is a bit flawed in the editing of the storyline in my opinion, but it┤s not really disturbing the film in any way. It was nice to re-see the oh so lovely Tara Fitzgerald yet again as I haven┤t seen her on the screen for quite some time. "Brassed Off" is well worth a watch for the compelling story, the great acting and the lovely music from the Grimley Colliery Brass band.
Trivia: Pete Postlethwaite's final speech was not rehearsed in front of the rest of the cast. This was because the director wanted genuine reactions from everyone on hearing it.
I think Brassed Off get away with alot of bashing just because the characters speak with a heavy accent and the story's backdrop is a very idyllic small town.
So many of these films in the 90s. However its charming, well-acted and with added poignancy since Postlethwaite subsequently died.