Maybe the critics couldn't stand their attempt to modernise (like that? British spelling) The Catcher in the Rye -- as if it were some national treasure.
For whatever reason, they miss the great mixture of humour, sadness, adolescent confusion, and the darkness of madness. Perfectly paced and filled with interesting shots, this film has just the right balance of themes to make multiple viewings such a pleasure.
The ending was a but corny, I will admit. But she has a choice between life and death and that's how they chose to portray it. It's such a short segment that it can be easily forgiven.
Whatever the reason, the story sucked me in and ate me up whole. It uncovered many bitterly sad revelations, which were merely commonplace. Perhaps the effectiveness stems from that commonplace reality. The idea that such tragedy could be taking place on Any Street in Any Town, sours upon the tongue and makes you cringe with realization.
Eloise Laurence, who plays the disparagingly nicknamed Skunk, is a great, little actress. She could definitely go far after such a serious casting as this. Tim Roth does a fine job, of course, but definitely does not carry the weight of the film on his shoulders.
I found it impossible to stop thinking back on this film for days, even though it would have been more pleasant to forget. It affects you; and yet you may not be prepared for that all consuming despair.
Real chills for the last 20 mins, excellently directed and acted.
Heavy topics for portrayal, but well worth seeing if you're in the right frame of mind!