The Last of England Reviews
I do like artsy and strange surreal films in general, but the pacing of this particular movie was very slow. I know this was supposed to be the commentary of the director's vision of England under Thatcher's rule, but that's not what I got out of it. It seemed to me like a vision of a post-apocalyptic England if the Germans had won instead of the Allies during WWII. That's how I saw it anyways. *shrugs.* I was kinda let down by the last scene . . . thought we'd see some naked Tilda. X^D Favorite scenes in order: 1: guy frotting Carravagio painting 2: terrorists(?) frotting on Union Jack. I just like frott, not the offensive nature of sex on England's flag, so don't get me wrong. X^DDD 3: probably the guy dancing with the horns and tutu; a distant 4: would be Tilda's scenes just because she was in them ;^)
All in all this movie was pretty depressing, which I also liked. I still think the pacing was too slow though so and some of the imagery too disjointed so I gave it 2 1/2 stars. I just can't imagine England was that bad under Margaret Thatcher's rule . . . X^D I mean seriously. Was it???
As I interpreted it, the film is an exploitation of the movement's traumatic ineffectuality. The youths who exhibited violent resistances will find themselves in an irresolute void as time would reveal their tarnished cause.
But all was not lost; what emerged for the radical veterans was an intense individualization derived from the intimate "way of life" they lived. And because of this unique dynamics between shame and distinctive splendor, the film times to times is able to match the solemnity of bleak masterpieces, despite its punk rock appearance.