There's Only One Jimmy Grimble Reviews
For myself, an Englishman who always wanted to be a footballer but without the necessary talent (or any talent), this is a story of dreams come true. Of a home-life that is far from perfect, but with a mother who loves you. And a teacher who used to be a striker at the highest level. How much better can it get?
There's great acting from Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Gina McKee and Samia Ghandie; and a brilliant soundtrack reinforcing the emotionally key moments of the film. The side-plots are subtly handled and the ending has made me cry more than once.
Wonderful ..... especially if you have always wanted to be a great footballer but never made it, or have been unlucky in love. Recommended.
One for the future: Lewis McKenzie
Stand-out scene: first goal
Brainer or no-brainer: No brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a
The inclusion of Robert Carlyle in the cast draws your attention to the fact that this is another 'this year's Full Monty' attempt from the British film industry. While attempts should be being made to re-write the formula (cf. Dog Soldiers and Shaun of the Dead) instead what we get are lame efforts like this that once seen are immediately forgotten. With the calibre of a cast that includes Gina McKee (potentially one of this country's greatest actresses but consistently let down by poor material), Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone you would have thought that there'd be a degree of quality control at work here. Jimmy Grimble is a bullied Manchester schoolboy who dreams of success on the football pitch but suffers from a lack of self-confidence at key moments. A chance encounter with a lady tramp in a derelict building leads to him obtaining a pair of battered football boots. The said footwear have a miraculous effect on Grimble's goalscoring abilities and he's transformed from zero to hero when one swipe of his boot sees him score from in the middle of his own half. So far, so familiar and almost every cliche in the book is drawn out through the fairly painful course of this movie. That said, there are some plus points; Lewis McKenzie shows promise in the title role and there's a fair amount of Man Utd bashing going on (Grimble is staunchly City, well he is from Manchester after all).